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10 pieces of STEM career advice from our leading female engineers

Gender diversity is something that we’re incredibly passionate about at CityFibre, but it’s also an issue that STEM industries famously struggle with. Engineering is often seen as a male-dominated industry, but it really shouldn’t be. In 2019, only 25% of professionals working in engineering were women, and in the same year, only 16% of engineering and technology graduates were female.

However, as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women, we’re changing it up. We strive to create a space where all employees are equal and receive great benefits to make their lives easier. We’d love to see more women enter the industry – diversity fuels innovation and inspiration, which is what we’re all about.

Telecoms and STEM provide a fantastic opportunity for women to be involved in an exciting industry. Over recent years, women are proving to have a foot in the door in the sector, helping pave the way in telecoms and be a vital part of the legacy of building the nation’s network.

Our female engineers have come to us from various backgrounds and experiences, from college leavers to working telecoms professionals and even those looking for a total career change. All of these women have been able to grow with us and develop their careers while helping us deliver our mission. However, we understand that entering a STEM industry without qualifications can seem almost impossible. Working in a traditionally male-dominated environment as a young woman can feel daunting, which can deter a lot of applications.

We asked some of our leading female engineers to provide their advice for women who are just stepping onto the career ladder and thinking about a STEM career. By asking for top tips from real women working in the industry, we hope to inspire you to take up a career in STEM.

  1. Go for it – there is no limit to what you can achieve, and there are plenty of women with the same passion and vision to support you.
  2. Don’t think that because you haven’t got a degree or even anything past GCSE level in a STEM subject, you can’t work in STEM. If there is a role that you are interested in, reach out to someone on LinkedIn who works in this role, as they may be able to point you in the right direction.
  3. You don’t need a degree – you can work your way up and gain knowledge as you go. If you haven’t got qualifications from college or university, don’t let that stop you.
  4. You might be surprised how welcoming and kind everyone is. You’ll get a lot of support and help where you need it. Just ask!
  5. Be confident, be approachable, be able to express yourself, strive to be the best you can, and be willing to learn and grow.
  6. It’s not all about STEM skills when it comes to jobs in STEM. Instead, focus on your interpersonal skills and what you can bring to the role alongside your technical skill or mindset.
  7. Don’t think about the worries of a male-dominated environment. You are just as capable – take the training courses, seize the opportunities. Who says it’s just a man’s role?
  8. Have confidence, passion and self-belief – the rest can be learnt on the job.
  9. Enjoy learning and developing. CityFibre and the industry have a lot to give to the right person willing to put the time and effort in. The rewards and benefits you get from a happy, progressing career are amazing!
  10. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything that you set your mind to!

We hope that these pieces of advice have inspired you to consider a career in engineering. Whether you’re a college leaver or a professional looking to be a part of something exciting, we’re changing it up. Isn’t it time you did too?

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5 reasons our female engineers joined CityFibre

At CityFibre, our employees are at the heart of everything we do. We are dedicated to creating a great place to work across all areas of our business for each of our team members. We’ve recently been voted a Times Top 50 Employer for Women, which shows our commitment to diversity and bringing women into STEM industries.

However, while we may be a great place for female employees to work and offer exceptional benefits like maternity packages and family policies, we wanted to explore some of the reasons why our female engineers joined us in the first place. Engineering is often seen as an industry that lacks gender diversity, so why did our female engineers choose us above the competition?

Our unique company culture

“The culture of the company really caught my attention and made my decision to join easy. I’ve been supported as a new starter, and this has helped me to feel part of the CityFibre family and made me more excited to crack on with the job.” 

April Bond

We’ve always said that our company feels like a big family, and it’s great to see that some of our female engineers think the same. At CityFibre, we pride ourselves on creating an inclusive environment where individuals from all backgrounds can work together, share ideasand grow their careers with confidence. We wanted to create a space in which everyone can be themselves, and everyone can thrive. With 93% of our employees claiming that they would recommend working at CityFibre, it’s clear that we’ve created a culture people can not only enjoy but be excited about. Plus, one of the most rewarding things about working for CityFibre is the appreciation – your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and your dedication is recognised.

Values that align with their own

“I looked at CityFibre’s ethos and company values and decided that would be the kind of company I would like to be involved in.”

Louise Burtenshaw

Think smart, act fast. Give it our best. Back each other. Build a legacy. These are CityFibre’score behaviours which run through everything we do. We constantly strive to solve challenges, learn new things and improve. We deliver work with energy, passion and pride with the hopes to make a real difference. Plus, we look out for one another. These behaviours flow through every area of the business, and therefore we only hire people who connect with them and will help us see them through. It’s great that our female employees resonate with these behaviours and can align them to their own priorities at work and in their personal life. Having team members who promote The CityFibre Way is incredibly important to us.

Our commitment to developing people

“One reason I decided to join CityFibre was because of the opportunities they have to offer. The Planner Academy offers training and progression like no one else in the industry as far as I’m aware.” 

Emily Bryan

We constantly strive to help our employees grow in their careers and try to provide as many learning and development opportunities as possible. Academic background isn’t the most crucial aspect for us; we look for people with ambition! We aim to offer best-in-industry training and progression from running workshops and lunch and learn sessions to initiatives like The Planner Academy and Aspiring Managers programme. We also provide mentoring opportunities and chances to learn on the job, as we know that every one of our employees learns in different ways. What’s most important is that our employees don’t feel they have barriers – no matter what their role or experience level, everyone can ask for training and development or apply for other jobs within the business with confidence. 

Just as our engineers are building the future of Gigabit Britain, we hope to build their careers too. 

The variety of roles

“I love how different each day is, the vast amount of people you meet on a daily basis, you’re always learning and get to partake in lots of exciting new things.”

Chloe McGain-Harding

At CityFibre, our team members get the opportunity to learn new things every day, explore new cities and work with different people across the business. No two days are the same, and we see that as a good thing. We want our employees to be excited to come to work each day and take on new challenges. There’s no time for boredom – in this fast-growing, fast-changing environment, there are plenty of opportunities to change it up. That’s why we like to give our team as much variety as possible, to provide many opportunities to push them to be the best they can be.

The sky is the limit

“For me, CityFibre was the only company I wanted to progress my telecoms career with. I wanted to be a part of building the legacy of CityFibre.” 

Shannon Chamberlain

Whether it’s in their own career or in the changes we’re making to the UK’s Fibre Network, our engineers know that at CityFibre, the possibilities are endless. With many different business areas currently expanding and best in class training initiatives, we believe every employee can reach their goals.

Not only do we encourage learning and development, but we like to push boundaries in our overall mission and show our team that they’re part of something exciting. Working at CityFibre isn’t just a job. It’s a chance to be a part of changing Britain’s future. That’s why we’re changing it up. Our teams are building a state-of-the-art, innovative network that adds value to the lives of millions of people. Each of our employees bring their voices and skills to play, helping us make a real force for change. With them, the sky is the limit.

To learn more about opportunities at CityFibre and apply for one of our open positions, click here.

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Things to remember as you consider becoming a CityFibre engineer

Beginning a career as an engineer can be daunting. Beginning a career as a female engineer can be even more so. Taking your first steps into what is perceived as a male-dominated industry may be intimidating for many women, while those without a STEM degree may feel underqualified or like an imposter. However, at CityFibre, we’re here to support you and help you to build the career you want.

To take your first steps as a CityFibre engineer, we’d say simply apply and send us your details. However, embarking on a new career path isn’t always so simple, and there’s often much more to think about.

So, here are some essential things we’d like you to remember if you’re thinking about taking your first steps as an engineer.

You don’t necessarily have studied a STEM subject

At CityFibre, we help each of our employees to learn and develop regardless of academic background. You don’t need to have studied a STEM subject to get ahead with CityFibre – instead, show us your desire to progress your career, and we’ll do everything we can to help you achieve your ambitions. Some of our leading female engineers have studied Medical Microbiology, History, Environmental Science and Physical Geography, while others don’t have a degree at all. If you have the motivation to start your journey and work your way up, knowledge and experience are worth so much more than a degree on paper. We’re a team, and we learn together. There is an immense amount of training that CityFibre provides to ensure that you are trained in all aspects of the role, including some in-house courses and some externally accredited courses. As a new starter, you’ll be buddied up with a more experienced mentor who can show you the ropes. 

Industry experience is good but not essential

If you’re thinking about a career change, don’t let a lack of experience deter you. One of our engineers, April, started her career journey working in Flood Risk Management and recently transitioned into a role here at CityFibre. She says, “I’ve been supported as a new starter with training, regular calls, communication across teams to better understand the inner workings of the business and had an induction call with other new starters and the CEO. This has helped me feel part of the CityFibre family and more excited to crack on with the job.”

Another of our engineers, Louise, claims her highlight of working at CityFibre is “being accepted on the Aspiring Managers Programme and being promoted within 6 months regardless of the fact I have no prior experience.” As you can see, our opportunities really are open to anyone.

Don’t let a lack of industry experience hold you back, as STEM is as much about transferrable skills as it is knowledge of the subject. We’ll guide you every step of the way. We need the next generation of innovative thinkers and go-getters to build their careers with us so that we can keep evolving and stay at least one step ahead; we understand that we won’t always find that talent by looking within our own industry. If you’ve got a fresh perspective, we’d love to see it.

You could always join the Planner Academy

Our Planner Academy helps college and university graduates to get a head start in our industry. You don’t need qualifications, just a determination to succeed. Cohorts will benefit from a mix of classroom and on the job training. This 8-month training programme aims to teach members to design and deliver our best-in-class networks. The programme gives network planning knowledge, skills and experience to quickly progress to a career as an Associate City Planner. After this, you can take ownership of the project management and collaborate with our Designers to deliver the best digital infrastructure possible.

Consider doing some external reading or research

If you want to gain a bit of a head start in the industry, our engineers recommend you do some additional reading, or complete a course like Prince 2 or CCNA, to enhance your knowledge. This will give you a good foundation and make starting a new career much less daunting. In a complex industry like ours, there is always more to learn and discussions to be had, so there’s no harm in arming yourself with a bit of extra knowledge. However, we will always be on hand to provide the training and offer advice when needed, so please don’t feel as though you’re on your own on this career journey.

One of our engineers, Louise, says, “my current role is a much more technical role than I had originally applied for, so I decided to throw myself entirely into it. I attended all training given and then went back to the teams for further clarification and how wonderful they all were in explaining everything to me and then some more. Nothing was ever too much trouble for anyone. The team spirit in the company is second to none.”

Above all, be passionate

The best way to start your career as a CityFibre engineer is to be passionate and confident in your abilities. When we asked our current female engineers what their most significant piece of advice would be for other women considering a career in engineering, they all said the same thing. Just do it. If you have the determination and passion to succeed, the possibilities for you at CityFibre are endless.

We’re passionate about our mission to unleash Britain’s potential in a digital age, and therefore we need people who are equally excited by our mission to join us. Joining CityFibre is about making history and making lives better, therefore above all else, you need passion to succeed.

If you’d like to apply for a role with us, click here to see our current vacancies.

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