BP Senior Engineer Talks Value of STEM Advocacy for Women
Rigzone: Why are you such an advocate for women in STEM?
Holmgren: I am passionate about giving something back; spreading the message to young people, to encourage a future in engineering. We are currently facing a significant skills shortage, particularly with a low number of young girls and women going into engineering. Engineering is such a wonderful career; I want to be able to share this by encouraging more people into the industry.
I am very fortunate because at BP there are so many inspirational female role models, but this is not the case for everyone. I want to make sure more people have engineering role models to inspire them and show what is possible. What’s great is that I have the opportunity to get involved in many initiatives to promote engineering. For instance, I was chosen by BP to be a judge at the Ultimate STEM Challenge finals (a competition for 12-14-year-olds). It gives hope for the future to see so many young people presenting their ideas.
My advice to women and anyone wanting to do well in engineering would be to not limit yourself. Search out and take opportunities as they arise. Work hard, don’t take ‘no’ for an answer and never stop learning about the fascinating world of engineering along the way.
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