She's an Engineer- Kate Self

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K.Self

Route into engineering

Before I started working at BT Technology, I was studying for my A Levels at Rainham Mark Grammar School. I studied English Literature, IT and Film Studies. As well as undertaking my A Levels, I also had a part time job as a waitress at Creams Café. I had previously done some work experience within BT TV and Procurement so I got an insight into what the apprenticeship scheme offered. I liked the idea of being able to rotate around the different departments and getting knowledge in most areas. Through the rotations I was able to get an idea of what jobs I liked and didn't. I completed a 6-month stint in the Transformation team and loved that I was able to make a difference to the whole of BT rather than one team. I graduated off the apprenticeship into this role and love going to work every day.

Job description

Transformation Professional and Apprentice Coordinator at BT Technology

I'm currently working behind the scenes in TV. I work on the software and networks that helps get the TV for a football stadium/studio into your home.

Throughout my apprenticeship I rotated every 6 months so I was always learning new things. No two days are the same, one day I could be looking into an issue for example if ITV went off air, I would be part of the team trying to recover this. I could also be installing kit into football stadiums to allow our feed to be broadcasted to billions of viewers. Additionally, I'm also working on some of BT's major projects around our office locations and developing our employees’ skills.

I would suggest networking as much as you can, don’t be afraid to speak or message new people, the worst that could happen is that you wouldn't get a reply. Look around at what the different companies have to offer, they all differ slightly depending on experience/continuous learning. Try to get some experience within a workplace whether it’s a couple of days or a week, it all helps. Most importantly, try your best and don’t give up. Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don't be afraid to fail.

I have a horse and compete in show jumping, cross country and dressage.

I love my job and the people I work with. Every day is different and there's so much to get involved in. I'm part of the Diversity and Inclusion group and often get involved in filming for our early career social media. I wouldn't say there's a bad aspect of my job, it can be challenging at times but I like to challenge myself. If I'm really stuck there's so many people I can turn to for support.

Throughout my 4-year apprenticeship I won 8 awards from Apprentice of the Year to Women in Engineering. This is definitely my biggest achievement and has set me up for my future career. I also got to meet Rachel Riley and Steph McGovern as well as the opportunity to work with other companies. 

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