My Name is Laura Loyer, originally from Brittany in France I am currently working as a Design Engineer with Obelisk.
At the start of 2019 I was ready for my next challenge, I decided to start looking for Graduate Engineer roles in Ireland. I had spent five months studying English in Dublin and was eager to stay here. I joined Obelisk as a Graduate Engineer in April 2019. This was the ideal starting point as I had a strong civil engineering background and I had everything to learn about the telecommunications industry.
Over the past year, I have worked on a fibre deployment project in Ireland. My role was to be the link between the design team and the build team on site. In a relatively short period of time I have become more familiar with the tools used to design sites such as GIS software, but I have also gained knowledge of the telecoms hardware and build processes.
One of my main responsibilities was to gather all the information for the weekly presentation to our client. In order to create this, I had to improve my attention to detail so I could summarize large amounts of data from various sources into a coherent report. This weekly task has greatly improved my efficiency and time management skills.
From the beginning, I had the opportunity to demonstrate what I was could do for Obelisk. Having this freedom to prove myself has helped me introduce more efficient processes for the team so we are functioning at the highest level. Engineering by nature is a challenging industry so I had to learn to adapt to various situations, every problem must be dealt with differently, so it was important for me to constantly change the way I thought.
Being part of the Obelisk design team has given me the opportunity to improve at my own pace and helped with my confidence in bringing forward new ideas. I am now able to communicate freely in a language that is not my first.
My year as a Graduate Engineer was challenging but will be invaluable as I now progress my career with Obelisk as a Design Engineer. I hope more young women are encouraged to pursue their dreams of being future Engineering leaders in Ireland. My advice to them would be to be persistent. Engineering may still be considered a man’s world to some, but there are more women engineers every day and I’m proud to be one of them.