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Virtual Perspectives Lecture: Careers in Engineering

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On Wednesday 16 June, the Girls’ Division will stage its next ‘Perspectives’ Lecture, at which a panel of speakers will talk about the opportunities and challenges of a career in engineering. The panel – including Old Girls Khadijah Ismail (Class of 2017), a BAe Aerospace Engineering Apprentice and Arkwright Scholar, Radhika Sharma (Class of 2015), a Mechanical Engineer at the British Antarctic Survey and Amy Williams (née Worsell, Class of 1997), a Chartered Civil Engineer with Highways England – will draw upon their range of experience to reflect upon the diverse range of career choices within the sector and the skills required to succeed.    

The lecture is free to attend, and will take place from 7-8pm via Zoom. To attend the lecture, which is open to all pupils in Year 10 and above, parents, Alumni, all other members of the School and members of the local community, please register at https://bit.ly/2S6XUmz to receive the Zoom link on the day.  

Speaker Bios 

Khadijah Ismail  

Khadijah is a 4th year engineering degree apprentice currently working in the aerospace sector. She has worked on a number of engineering projects and hopes to continue advocating for women in engineering. She recently secured an Engineering Leaders Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Engineering and hopes to use the funding to further her personal development as well as travelling to Nepal to research solar power. 

Radhika Sharma 

Radhika joined Bolton School in Year 3 (2004) and left at the end of Sixth Form in 2015. She went on to study Mechanical Engineering (MEng) at Newcastle University, graduating in 2019. After working in inkjet printing for a while, in January 2021 she started work as a Mechanical Engineer with the British Antarctic Survey.  In her spare time she plays lacrosse, and volunteers with a local community kitchen and as a STEM ambassador. 

Amy Williams (née Worsell)  

Amy spent seven years at Bolton School, which provided her with a great springboard towards the  achievement of her Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester.  Since graduation, she has worked in both the public and private sector, on site and in the office, in a nuclear power station, high up underneath major motorway bridges and out in the countryside on smaller structures. Amy became a Chartered Civil Engineer in 2006 and is now a senior manager at Highways England.

Despite her primary qualifications being in engineering, she now spends a fair bit of time managing business change projects, but does enjoy getting back to engineering when she gets chance. Amy is married to another civil engineer and has two children who, like it or not, regularly get to understand the engineering behind the infrastructure they rely upon. 

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