Austral-Asia needs equal gender representation for a richer engineering profession. This is what we have learned from Engineers Australia.
With the continuing active presence of engineering courses in Australia, the goal to advance its practices and programs to expand the industry has drawn more steps closer towards revolutionizing the engineering culture within the country.
Among engineering leaders in Australia, research revealed that engineers in the country focus on establishing their own businesses that direct them with clients and with larger teams to work with.
With this, leaders prioritize more on capitalizing from workforce and assessing people’s knowledge and awareness about technology that are needed for business. Engineers today look more on to requirement for technology awareness, adaptability, followed by well-developed communication and social skills as well as strong IT skills.
Therefore, there is really a need for diverse ideas and knowledge that will contribute to maintain the peak of engineering profession in the country. And the participation of women is seen to be a great necessity for it.
Women engineers are more interested to work on places which solve problems that have positive impact to their job. These engineers are very inspired to intervene and improve challenges in human life.
But there are setbacks that hinder them from joining the engineering industry. One is the unequal gender representation in the workplace that is mostly dominated by men while another is the lack of role models who could serve as inspirations to them in pursuing this kind of career.
As Australia stands up to be a nation of research and of people that upholds the leadership for developments and sustainability in engineering, The Institution of Engineers Australia (Engineers Australia) unceasingly rises to push for advocacies which cater the growing needs in the field of engineering and the future of its expertise.
In this feature, Trish White, the national president and board chair of Engineers Australia, explains the life of the organization with its dreams for the profession and how opportunities will be opened for women and for their capability towards diversity in the workforce.