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Former student’s inspiring engineering talk

January 10th, 2020
Priyanka Aswani works as an electrical engineer for GDM Partnership.

A former student has given a fascinating talk to Year 12 girls about her career in electrical engineering, being a woman in leadership and working in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Priyanka Aswani, who studied A levels in Physics, Maths and Biology at Monmouth School for Girls, graduated from the University of Sheffield and now works as an electrical engineer at GDM Partnership in London.

Priyanka said: “I love sciences and I love learning and I wanted to come back to my old school and talk to Sixth Form girls about engineering.

“I think it’s important for people who work in engineering to speak to younger people about their experiences.

“I still remember my time at Monmouth very fondly and it was great to be back.

“It was great to hear about the girls’ ideas on engineering and what they thought it was and how different the job actually is.

“Hopefully, I have inspired some of the girls to consider engineering as a possible career or a course choice at university.

“Even it’s not in engineering, hopefully, I will have encouraged some of the girls to consider architecture or leadership roles because women are needed in leadership.”

Miss Linda Woodburn, Head of Science and Head of Biology at Monmouth School for Girls, organised Priyanka’s visit.

“A big part of our Science Department’s aim is to encourage girls into careers in STEM subjects,” she said.

“Priyanka was a wonderful speaker and gave a valuable insight into the career of an inspirational young woman working in engineering.

“As a school, we are very proud of our track record on sending girls to pursue science, engineering and technology careers at university and beyond.”

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