A Week In The Life of a WomEng Intern
While our weeks are usually filled with making calls, sending emails, organising events and strategizing, there was one week that was particularly exciting. FELLOWSHIP WEEK!
This year our theme was Engineering and Technology for a Greener Economy*. The aim of Fellowship Week is to equip young women doing an engineering degree with soft skills, and prepare them for the workplace. On a grander scale, we are also focused on facilitating the creation businesses owned by women in Africa. We do this via our tech challenge, where the Fellows have to come up with a viable business model that will assist in the development of the green economy.
The 8 WomEng interns arrived at the hotel on Sunday, excited for the week to follow and left on Friday evening as 8 men and women a part of the WomEng family. While we may have experienced a few (a lot) bumps in the road, we managed to host a very successful Fellowship Week at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock. From how to conceptualise an idea for a sustainable business to how to present yourself in interviews in the best light possible. Thank you to everyone who made it possible, including Barloworld Equipment, Denel Dynamics and Unilever. Also a big thank you to the lovely ladies that joined us for our first Business Woman’s Dinner and to the mentors that made the time to come out and support the Fellows.
Naadiya and Hema made it possible for 60 engineers to be transformed into women ready to handle the pressures of the corporate world. Through making their dream a reality, they continue to transform the face of engineering in Africa (and soon, the globe).
“As an engineering student I was unaware of how things work once a person starts working and I really feel like Fellowship week has opened up my eyes. I definitely feel like I'm more ‘Business Ready’ now.” – Annica Marais, 2015 WomEng Fellow
*For more information about what a “Green Economy” is and how it affects us, please join us on the WomEng LinkedIn group for Green Thursday, every Thursday