“I’m inspired by women who constantly disrupt the bias and prove that engineering is open to everyone.”
This #INWED2023 we’re shining a spotlight on some of the inspirational females working for us at the Shepley Group, helping us to build a legacy of excellence. Meet Rosie Harrison, Bids Coordinator at Shepley Engineers. Learn more about what drove her to engineering and her advice to other females who are looking at it as a potential career option.
How or why did you choose your career path?
Leaving school, I had a keen interest in nuclear, and working in the engineering industry. I began as a business admin apprentice which allowed me to explore different areas of the business whilst gaining a qualification. I soon realised that I enjoyed learning about future opportunities for the company and gained an interest in the bids and proposals department as a bid coordinator. I enjoy that no two days are the same, the department often works in high pressure environments which is something I get a kick out of. I’ve been lucky with the team that I’m in, and I’m constantly learning from them and I appreciate their willingness to always help me learn and answer any questions I have, however daft I might think they may be. I’m also completing the project management degree, which has been beneficial and is giving me a real understanding on the delivery side of the business. I look to continue my progression in the business, and I’m excited for the opportunities and challenges along the way.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people around me, seeing hard working individuals passionate about the future of the business. I’m inspired by the people who know the industry inside out, and the wealth of knowledge they have. I’m inspired by women who constantly disrupt the bias and prove that engineering is open to everyone.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in the workplace?
The construction industry is a male dominated environment, it can be challenging being a young female and sometimes being looked down at for this. I’m often the only female in meetings, which some might find daunting. However, I feel like this has pushed me out of my comfort zone and has made me more confident delivering my everyday tasks and communicating with internal and external stakeholders.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I’d like to continue working in the bids and proposals department, gaining knowledge and experience as a bid coordinator, whilst completing the PM Degree. Whilst doing this, I’d also like to explore and expose myself to projects and how Shepley operate in this department. I look forward to seeing Shepley continue to grow, and seeing more females in high up positions.
What would you say to girls in school who may be considering engineering as a career choice?
Don’t listen to anyone that tells you you’re not right for the role because of your gender, engineering is for everyone! I think it can be daunting to go into an industry that’s very male orientated, however if we didn’t then we’d never be able to change the gender gap. This industry is exciting, and we need more females to join and bring fresh ideas and ways of working. Now more than ever women have an advantage going into engineering as we need more women, and this is recognised across the world! If you’re considering engineering, go for it. It’s a fantastic industry to be working in, with plenty of room for us all to develop.