Women in Engineering: Michelle's perspective on studying Engineering in the UK

By Michelle Jideofor

Michelle Jideofor, originally from Nigeria before coming to the UK from Botswana, is now studying Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. In this blog, she talks about her degree and why it’s important for women to be represented in the Engineering industry.

Michelle Jideofor, Civil Engineering student

I always knew I wanted to study abroad.

The UK was always on my radar as a study destination. However, my application was a bit impromptu, I applied via UCAS the day before the deadline so to this day I’m surprised my application was submitted on time!

I love my university!

There is always something fun to do in Bristol, and there are so many hills! I’ve learnt a lot by coming here, not just through my course but in other aspects, too. The UK is a great place to study – not only is the education of a very high standard, but there are so many opportunities and things to do here.

I’ve always been interested in Civil Engineering.

Coming from a developing country, I have always been interested in how infrastructure and highways can boost an economy. Civil engineers shape the world we live in, from the roads we move on, to the infrastructure we live in. Civil Engineering not only provides me with a challenge but also allows me to be creative in the process. It is an amazing way for me to give back to my community. Besides, who would not love to pass by a building and say, ‘I designed that!’

I love the structure of my course.

It is just as much about practicality as it is about the theory. We have had so many projects where we design and build our model structures using 3D laser printing, which is so cool.

It’s important for women to study Engineering.

According to Engineering UK, only 12% of those working in engineering occupations are women. This is not just because there’s not enough interest, but I think in some form or other, women have been deemed incompetent either by themselves or those around them. The world thrives on diversity, and the workplace is no different – we should be represented fairly in all industries.

I have a growing interest in student representation and education policy.

Therefore, I decided to apply to be a #WeAreInternational student ambassador. It’s important for international students to represent other international students. I’m always striving for personal development, which means putting myself in situations and engaging in activities that improve my awareness and identity as well as developing my talents and potential.

I’m looking ahead to the future...

In the immediate term, I would love to do my master’s in Structural Engineering and work my way to becoming a Chartered Engineer. I absolutely love volunteering and travel, so maybe I could combine the two and use my engineering skills as well!

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