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Imagine the Future - INWED 2022

Another story from one of our exceptional women engineers, Penelope Hawksworth. To kick-start this year's International Women in Engineering Day.

Inspiration #2 – Penelope Hawksworth, Test Engineer.

Hitachi are proud to support International Women In Engineering Day #INWED22 this week – celebrating our women engineers this week and every week!

Hitachi believes that diversity is the wellspring of innovation and a powerful growth engine, and we hope to inspire women and girls around the world to consider a career in engineering.

Here are a few insights into the career of one of our amazing engineers - about what it means to be a woman engineer, how they got involved and the benefits and pitfalls!

#INWED22   #ImagineTheFuture

Penny shares her thoughts with us

Why I became an engineer

Plan B when I damaged my knee and couldn’t join the Police.

Q: What do you most enjoy about working in the field of engineering?

It’s the people that make the job but the work is always varied and interesting.

Q: What's the most significant contribution you’ve made as an engineer?

As a Tester I get the chance to improve a product.

Q: What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

Be a good team player and always happy to try. 

Q: What advice would you give young people considering a career in engineering?

Engineering is an incredibly broad career that can take you all over the world for work.

Q: How do you think engineering can be made a more appealing career option to young people?

A greater understanding of the variety of work within engineering (it’s not just all about getting your hands dirty) and the opportunities that are available.

Q: What would you say to someone who thinks engineering is a career better suited to men, not women?

I have never experienced this kind of attitude or thinking within the industry.

Q: Have you seen an increase in the number of female engineers during your career? If so/if not, why do you think this is?

I work with more women now than ever before.

Q: Given the number of female engineers in our industry is relatively low, how best do you think these numbers can be increased?

Communication and creating the interest at a young age plus providing role models.

Q: What do you think is the greatest challenge female engineers face in the workplace?

The same as a male engineer.  I’ve never been treated differently.

Q: What three things make you most proud to be a female engineer in HICSE?

The people I work with, the products we have and the innovation such as Trackside Guardian.

Q: Do you have a personal ‘hero’ from the world of female engineering? If so, who and why?

My Dad is a Mechanical Engineer so it will always be him.

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