I completed two years of my Architecture degree and was no longer enjoying either aspect of living away from home. It’s so much fun being a student but sometimes living conditions can be unfavourable. I moved back home to Nottingham and started looking for a job within the construction industry with prospects. I got the position of ‘Trainee Technician’ at BWB Consulting and they assured me support in completing any training I wished to complete. So, I excitedly started at BWB in September 2012 and in June 2013 I had a baby (a little girl).
But I did it and I am about to graduate with a 2:1 in Civil Engineering. I couldn’t be more proud of myself, as are all my family. I know that in the future my daughter will know she can do anything she wants and won’t let anything hold her back. I will encourage her to not let gender stereotypes hold her back from her aspirations and that women should feel empowered by emerging equal opportunities.
I have found that people make assumptions about me because of the way I appear. I am a young woman, with alternative fashion sense who had a baby at 22! I love seeing the look on people’s faces when I tell them I am a Civil Engineer!
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