That sounds like an interesting job, but also very challenging.
It certainly is! I’m responsible for 29 employees, so one of the biggest challenges is managing lots of different personalities. It’s fun, though, and I’m really pleased to have the opportunityto be a team leader. For many years in my earlier career, I was in a position where I felt I had no infl uence. Now, I have the opportunity, in my own small way, to actually make change happen, to make things better and to make a real difference. That’s what I really love about my job.
I can imagine it’s not always easy to be a woman working in production. How do you find working in what’s traditionally considered a ‘man’s world’?
I don’t know any different, because I’ve always worked with men ever since I began my career at 16. For me it’s normal and that’s exactly how it should be. Over the years, I’ve learnt to hold my own when chatting to male colleagues and I don’t think I’d make a very convincing princess these days (she laughs). But seriously... I just can’t imagine anything different.
What advice would you give to any women who are interested in following a technical career like you?
I’d tell them not to expect anything to be handed to them on plate. And that’s exactly as it should be! You have to really want it and not be afraid of things going against you. If you’re ambitious and driven, then you can achieve anything, but you also have to embrace all the responsibilities. You can’t just cherry pick the best bits and play the girl card when things get tough. It has to be all or nothing, not somewhere in between. If you understand that, everything will fall into place and you’ll fi nd your way.
Many thanks for your time!
Erne News V05 - 2020