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Continuing the celebration of International Women in Engineering Day – Kelly Group is delighted to support the cause by recognising our valued female engineers whilst promoting gender equality within the industry we operate in.
We’re thrilled to introduce Rebecca Paris who has been working within Kelly Group for four years.
Rebecca started working for the group as a project coordinator and decided to pursue a career as a Fibre Splicer.
What is your current job role and what does it involve?
I got into fibre splicing as a trainee just over two months ago. I began my journey within the groups new training centre in London, where I started to develop skills and knowledge for the job such as pole climbing. I’m currently spending my time in the field with my mentor Craig. He has been teaching me how to splice and how to introduce cables to the node.
Can you tell us about your journey from Project Coordinator to Fibre Splicer?
I started my career within the group as a Project Coordinator which I really enjoyed, but I felt like I had grown as much as I could within that role. I started to look for opportunities within Kelly Group and was talking to one of my colleagues who had an idea to try a different career path altogether by exploring engineer opportunities.
He knew about a female fibre splicer within the group and suggested speaking with her so I could get a better understanding for her role. Following a call, her experience inspired me to give it a go.
On my first day, I was slightly nervous as I walked into the training room filled with male trainees. I was the only women in our class, which was a little intimating at first, but it was all for nothing because everyone immediately made me feel welcome.
Working outside is a lot different, but it was easy for me to adapt to the new working environment, it was my choice to go down this path - it’s just mind over matter.
What does your typical day look like?
In the morning, we would receive our work pack. We then go to the work point and see what cables are available to introduce to the node. After the inspection, we build the large node, dress and splice, introduce the cables, and test the network.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Every day brings a new challenge, which makes it interesting. I love the build side of the job, like putting the nodes together. Being active and challenging myself physically is so much more exciting than sitting at a desk.
What was the proudest achievement as an engineer?
Climbing the poles. I was nervous at first not knowing if I could work at height, but it is something that I’ve taken in my stride.
I am also proud of my quick progression. I've had years of experience working on one of our key contracts which gave me an advantage by developing a general understanding of the processes before the start of my training as an engineer. Currently I am preparing for my M23 accreditation, which will enable me to work on my own.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced within your role?
Moving into a male dominated role, which demands a completely different skill set, has been challenging.
I wasn’t sure if I would fit in, but I had nothing to worry about. People were a bit shocked at first, as female splicers are in the minority within our industry. As a woman, you initially have to prove yourself a little bit more and I’m proud of my quick learning.
What was the biggest lesson that you have learnt being a female in a predominantly male dominated industry?
Don’t underestimate yourself. You are just as capable if not more than anyone else.
Why did you want to work for Kelly Group?
My father works for the company and he recommended joining the group because of the great working environment and culture. He told me how friendly everyone is and how much he enjoys working for the group.
What makes Kelly Group a great place to work?
The friendly working environment and opportunities available. I went for such a big career change and the group were encouraging from the start. I’m confident this will ensure my future success.
Who has been your greatest support (coach, mentor, manager) from the group or personally and why?
Craig my mentor is brilliant. His skills and expertise are assisting me through my Fibre Engineer journey - I would not be progressing this fast without his help.
What made you decide to pursue a career in this industry?
The challenge and excitement of learning new information and skills every day.
Do you feel like there are enough opportunities for women in your field of work?
Yes there is - the majority of women are simply not used to looking for these kind of roles.
How can the industry attract and retain more women?
Seeing other women in similar positions will help a great deal. Communicating brand content promoting equal opportunities should attract more women to our industry.
Do you have any advice for women interested in a similar career path?
Just go for it and don’t doubt yourself. The only person holding you back is you.
Kelly Group has multiple career opportunities throughout the UK. We are always searching for talented individuals to represent our brand.
For more information, please call the Kelly Recruitment team on 02084247447.
Alternatively, you can view current vacancies by visiting our careers page.
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