Surprisingly I haven’t felt like writing much since I started work. Maybe it’s the extreme tiredness that occurs when you shift you sleeping pattern from 12pm wake up to 6.30am, and add on a 43 mile, hour long train journey twice a day. But I think it’s mostly because I’m trying to come to terms with my free time, and also my not so free time.
My not so free time is at work and I have to say it’s been a nice easy transition, I originally dressed up smart, pencil skirt, shirt, and shoes, by the second week I was ready to pop on my jeans and a smart-ish top to join the ranks of the R&D crew. First thing I’ll say to any women engineers about to start out, do not worry too much about what you’re wearing. You’re working with guys (predominantly) and they just don’t notice, and to be fair in my company it’s not so essential for R&D to be dressed up to the nines.
Most of the day I’m doing slightly mucky tasks, soldering, taking apart the odd machine, cleaning boards, doing the odd bit of design here and there (what I expected I’m only a placement student after all!), in R&D you are meant to be comfy, and relaxed. They don’t care what you wear, just as long as your brain works. But I still like to keep the smart casual thing going, I just replaced skirts with smart jeans and each day I feel ready to go to work. It’s also nice at the end of the day to take your work clothes off enter home mode, get comfy on the sofa with some food and some good entertainment.
So far I can say I am enjoying myself, work isn’t a chore. Although sometimes being a placement student is a bit tedious (they don’t let you get your teeth into any major design work just yet) but I can safely say it is going to become a rewarding career. Day’s can slip by quite happily, so if you’re good at maths, physics, and generally are over inquisitive you’ll do fine!
There is so much to say about the last 3 weeks that I couldn’t possibly fit it into 1 post. I’m here to give you the inside view of life as a female engineer, and in this first post after starting work I wanted to portray everything in a positive light, and get down to the nitty gritty stuff later, things like safety shoes, and what to take on your first day.