I am an Environmental Manager for Dragados working on a major harbour construction project in Scotland. I am responsible for making sure that all aspects of the project have a minimal environmental impact. I make sure that we comply with all the relevant environmental regulations, consents and licenses on the project.

I completed my undergraduate studies in chemical and process engineering at the University of Sheffield and then studied a master’s degree in Environment and Energy Engineering because at that stage I realised that I wanted to specialise in environmental sustainability and these degrees enabled me to become an engineer and an environmentalist at the same time. When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor because I wanted to help people, so at school, I had taken science-based subjects to enable me to be a doctor which were useful when applying to study a STEM degree. I love life, the planet and its inhabitants including humans and animals and I also love solving problems. I was encouraged by my uncle, who was a lecturer, to explore studying chemical engineering.

On Thursday the 5th of December, I attended a free Media and Public Speaking workshop in Glasgow for women in STEM ran by Equate Scotland which I found very useful. Public speaking promotes career development and increases confidence. My biggest takeaways were the things that all good speakers have in common:

  1. Preparedness
  2. Calmness
  3. Confidence
  4. Being passionate about the subject
  5. Using the storytelling method: It’s more convincing and you’re more likely to remember it.

It was well attended by an interesting and diverse group of women. All participants had numerous chances to practice these skills and we left with a higher level of confidence in communicating and championing the STEM agenda, equality, and diversity to a range of audiences.

Being a STEM ambassador is very important to me because it gives me an opportunity to highlight to girls the power of women in STEM careers and share my successes and my journey which would inspire and motivate them.

 

Lola Okunrinboye

Environmental Manager for Dragados