#ShapeTheWorld with Education and Investment in Talent: Hannah Bewley

“Start exploring your options early, but there will always be opportunities. I had not considered a career in engineering until I realised how my academic skills were transferable to an engineering role.” Hannah Bewley, Graduate Civil Engineer, CampbellReith

One of our rising stars and a graduate engineer at CampbellReith, Hannah studied Geography at the University of Glasgow. On this #INWED20 day, Hannah’s advice is to start exploring your opportunities early and you never know where your academic skills can take you!

To celebrate this day of women in engineering, we ask Hannah about the best parts of her job and her views on how women engineers can help #ShapeTheWorld.

Do you have any advice to girls wishing to become engineers?

Start exploring your options early – that said, there will always be opportunities. I had not considered a career in engineering until I realised how my academic skills were transferable to an engineering role.

In my short time as a female civil engineering graduate, I found engineering to be a really supportive, helpful environment where everyone is encouraging of your goals and aspirations. Your mentors, leaders and peers help you to understand that the work you do is making a difference to the world in which we live, work and play.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is that I am always learning something new. The workload is dynamic and varied which keeps the job interesting and fresh. The work can be challenging and it is rewarding when you can play a part in delivering suitable solutions to complex problems.

How have you shaped the world in your work?

Since starting with CampbellReith, I realise that on-the-job learning is invaluable to my career and I have already applied my water management knowledge to challenging projects. The most significant project so far has been supporting the project team on the design of a drainage strategy for the former Baxi Heating Works in Burnley, as part of the Homes & Communities Agency scheme. This was my first drainage strategy and a real challenge as it is an extremely flat site in Flood Zone 3 but with the support of the senior civil engineers, we created a strategy that achieved a suitable discharge rate so that the proposed development will not exacerbate flooding in the area – #ShapeTheWorld.