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Female civil engineers are still are a rarity in the UK...here are the reasons why you should help us change that.
If you’re thinking about what to study at university, civil engineering may not immediately spring to mind. As a subject, it can often get overlooked by female students, but the need for women in civil engineering and construction has never been greater.
Universities like ours are doing everything possible to close the gender gap, ensuring better inclusivity across all subjects. At the University of Bolton, we rank No.2 in the UK for Social Inclusion* and we’ve also been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction in the North West** for three years running.
For women interested in engineering, there’s nowhere better to study. Here are just some of the reasons to consider a civil engineering career
While engineering is still very much a male-dominated industry, a lot is being done to inspire change. Many companies are focused on female recruitment and retention, and this means specialised training programmes and additional support for female workers.
Gender equity (not just equality) is front of mind for recruiters and employers, making it a great time to invest in these skills as you embark on the career path for a civil engineering technician, or in a leadership role.
2. It’s time to reset the gender balance
In the UK, only 12% of engineers are women. The gap is closing, but not fast enough. We need more female engineers to study, train and move up the ladder. This could be a great time to make your mark and contribute to such an important change in history.
3. Britain has already paved the way for female engineers
Despite the lack of female engineers in this country, they have been a part of our history since the early 20th Century. In fact, seven women came together in 1919 do something unprecedented, creating the world’s first Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
Thousands of British women gained practical engineering skills during the First World War, but were forced to hand jobs back to men on their return. The organisation was formed to protect women’s rights, and is still in place today.
Civil engineers are some of the highest paid professionals, with many opportunities for career growth and development. The average civil engineering salary in the UK is over £39,000, but many are able to earn a lot more, especially those with postgraduate qualifications aiming for leadership.
Furthermore, a civil engineering career is stable and will ensure that you have a long future doing something you are passionate about. There’s a high level of job satisfaction too, as everything you do impacts other people’s lives, changing towns and cities in a positive way.
Qualified engineers are in high demand, so if you have the right skills and qualifications you’ll be able to find job opportunities everywhere.
Not only will you find plenty of prospects in the UK, but the sector is expanding across the globe. Some of the highest paying countries include Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, the US, Australia, Canada, Germany and France.
Are you interested in starting on a career path for a civil engineering technician, manager or leader? The University of Bolton’s BEng Civil Engineering course is a great place to begin.
To find out more about applying for our course starting in September 2021, see the course page for details.
Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
**Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019
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