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Jacobs Celebrates UK National Women in Engineering Day 2016

Jacobs is celebrating UK National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) with events throughout the United Kingdom organized by Jacobs’ UK and Ireland Women’s Network, designed to share experiences, broaden access to opportunities and inspire the talent of the future. Webinar speakers include Jacobs Senior Vice President, Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Security Catriona Schmolke, who shares useful tips for handling career hurdles. Jacobs Regional Executive Director of Performance and Quality Management Jack Gritt explores the importance of emotional intelligence, why you need it to succeed and how to assess your own.

With 30 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, Jack has held a number of positions across executive, operations, program and project management, safety case management and performance and quality.  

“My route into the nuclear industry was unusual,” Jack says. “Although I was academically very talented at school, I had no great aspirations or direction in terms of a career. After a series of ‘trial’ jobs, I tried a temporary position at the local nuclear power station. Although the early days were challenging, the job turned out to be an inspired decision. I fell in love with nuclear engineering. I spent my break times reading books on nuclear engineering and reactor physics, and watched and learned about the operations of the plant. My physics/chemistry HNC and BSc degree in pure mathematics unlocked more options for me.  

“As my career progressed I held a variety of senior roles, all of which taught me new skills and expanded my horizons. Through a variety of rewarding roles, I’ve met some remarkable people along the way,” she said.  

On her role as vice chair of Women in Nuclear UK (WiN), Jack says, “The early years of my career really shaped my passion for encouraging people in the nuclear industry, especially women. Being part of a global company, it's fascinating to meet and work with people who have such a variety of backgrounds, talents, skills and experiences. WiN's focus is about attracting new talent into the industry and supporting the career progression of women already in the industry.”  

NWED was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2014 to encourage more girls to consider engineering as a career. Promoting engineering among girls not only creates more diversity where less than 10 percent of the engineering workforce is women, it also helps address the predicted skills gap in this sector.

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