Shiveshni - an amazing GirlEng journey
There comes a time in our lives when we need to make a very important decision about the career path we wish to follow. It’s a journey one has to take and I had the privilege and honour of taking this journey through GirlEng.
As I reflect back to the year 2010, thoughts about choosing a career path became one of my top priorities. As a young woman I was confused, scared and intimidated by the choice I was left to make. I heard about Girleng through a colleague who had mentioned the information session in conversation. I decided that this information could assist me in making a decision.
When I had decided that Engineering could be a choice of career that I would like to follow, I was discouraged by many saying it was too difficult and “a man’s world”. After attending the information session I had been inspired by the incredible women that were successful engineers. From that day forth my perspective of engineering had changed.
A few weeks later I got a call from GirlEng indicating that I had been chosen to attend the weekend camp. I was very excited about it and couldn’t wait for the weekend. The experience from that weekend was one I’ll never forget. I could see how passionate these women were about their career and how important it is to them.
I was mentored by one of the most amazing woman I know, Reevana Balmahoon. She had played a huge role in the career I have chosen. Her advice, motivation and enthusiasm had amazed me and I’ve often said to myself that I would like to be like her.
I am currently studying Electronic engineering at DUT (Durban University of Technology) and am currently in my second year. My interaction with GirlEng did not stop there as I followed their website and blogs regularly.
I wanted to share my experience with other girls and change their perspective of engineering as well, which is why I have joined the mentor ship team in 2013. It has started off as amazing journey and I do wish to continue being apart of this amazing organization for as long as I can.
GirlEng is the biggest reason why I am studying engineering. They have helped me develop confidence in myself and made me believe that engineering can indeed be a career choice for a woman. It was a life changing experience. I have gained much information and inspiration from many dynamic women whom continue to inspire me up to this day.