Why did you choose engineering?
I like to solve problems combining scientific and creative thinking. With passion and technical knowledge engineers can make a difference in the world.
What advice would you offer women considering a career in engineering?
Be yourself, you are an engineer just like your male colleagues. Be confident in your abilities and proud to be a woman in this field. It is true gender stereotypes still exist and as a young woman, it may be tougher to gain colleagues’ trust but I believe that this mindset can change based on your attitude. During my studies, I was often the only girl in classes of up to 200 students. Now in my team we are two women. I have never felt discriminated against or offered less opportunities. I have always had a great time.
What makes Knauf Insulation special?
In my opinion, the people and opportunities. I have visited many Knauf Insulation sites and I have always been impressed by the high level of competence, experience and willingness of colleagues to help. During my first year I was certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and took part in trainings across different organisation functions. In 2019 I will be part of the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and take a mini MBA.
What has been a career highlight?
To be one of the selected candidates for the Knauf Insulation International Graduate program was my greatest achievement. It is a unique opportunity to speed up my career and to be in contact with people from different backgrounds. My job is interesting, challenging and satisfying.
What needs to be done to encourage more women to join the construction industry?
Tell them that it is possible to reach positions that were previously occupied by men. Show examples of women working in this field and share experiences. Explain that their help is fundamental to achieving new goals and gender diversity.