Find women who light the way in men-dominated industries

Women still account for only 15 percent of engineers who are a barrier to women’s development due to lack of professional development support and gender discrimination.

Like many teenage girls, Channel Olive was not sure what to do when she finished high school.

But the opportunity to meet Kate Nono, a senior electrical engineer, prompted her to start working in the men-led industry.

Olive, now the engineering manager of Energy Queensland, is one of the many women in the industry, with many men leading the next generation of professionals.

“You can still be who you are and do that work.

“Before I could talk to her, my doubts were gone.”

Thirteen years after entering the industry, Mrs. Oliv has had the opportunity to become a consultant with Unicorn, a new service that helps high school girls connect with women in the male-dominated industry.

Chanel Olive is the energy manager of Energy Queensland and is eager to lead high school girls in electrical engineering.(Presented)

It connects girls to women in areas such as mining, construction, aviation and defense.

The desire to follow a family could not be resisted

Although Olive tried to resist the temptation to follow in her family’s footsteps, she proved that engineering was her calling.

Rockhamton’s father Graham and her brothers Blake and Stuart and her mother-in-law Rebekah are all engineers.

Although she was surrounded by professionals during her school days, Oliver said she was determined to pursue her career in a different industry.

Chanelle Olive and daughter Gianna. Ms. Olive is the Engineering Queensland Engineering Manager.(Presented)

“In the 12th grade, I said, ‘I’m not an engineer, I don’t follow everyone in my family, I do my own work.’

“The more I looked at it, the more I realized what it really entails and how it relates to my strengths, interests and abilities.”

More work is needed

Over the past five years, the number of female engineers entering university has increased by 5 percent year-over-year.

However, the Office of the Chief Scientist reports that women’s participation in engineering has increased by 15 percent, an increase of 2 percent over the past decade.

According to Jill McCabe, CEO of Australia, the investment has encouraged more young women to study science, technology, engineering and mining (STEM) at universities, but it has been difficult to find top female advisers.

Jill McKebbe, CEO of Professional Australia, has a headache.
Jill McCabe, chief executive of Australia Professional, says the engineering industry is losing momentum to young women.(Presented)

According to our survey, a large number of female engineers between the ages of 30 and 39 will lose their skills, which means that we will lose valuable role models for young women interested in engineering.

Only 13 percent of STEM managers are women, and 25 percent say they have been sexually harassed in the workplace.

“This confirms the urgent need for workplace and cultural change to ensure that women remain in the STEM field and that increasing the number of female STEM graduates is not enough,” she said.

Service satisfies students’ curiosity

Tune Messman, CEO of Uni U, said he grew up in Yeopoon and that it has created opportunities for girls to pursue their careers.

“By listening to the woman who did the work, they can answer the girls’ own questions that break down all the individual barriers,” Missisman said.


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