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International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED20) takes place today 23 June 2020 - This year's theme for INWED is 'Shape The World'. The organisers are asking creative (and budding) engineers to celebrate the good things women engineers do. Check out the Resources, think about using their Selfie Cards and send updates on your planned Activities!  The official twitter page is @INWED1919   Hashtags being used: #INWED20 #ShapeTheWorld.  WES presents: INWED 2020 virtual celebration here.  This webinar will be recorded.

ACEI - Women in Engineering
Many congratulations are due to Marie-Claire Daly, of ACEI member firm PUNCH Consulting Engineers on achieving the Runner-Up Award in the 2020 European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations’ (EFCA) 2020 Future Leaders Award. Marie-Claire’s award was announced at the online EFCA Annual General Meeting on 4 June, attended by 80 participants from all over Europe.

The Executive Board of ACEI has been further strengthened by the election of Anne Marie Conibear, JBBarry and Susan Cormican, Ethos Engineering.

ACEI strongly encourages CAO applicants to consider Building Services, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Structural Engineering programmes. There has never been a better time to work in the construction sector and an engineering qualification is a great start.  More than 110,000 workers will be needed in the next few years to meet the demand so there will be plenty of work available on graduation.  

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day this week we are sharing an interview with Cara Roughan of ACEI member firm Jennings O’Donovan to tell us about her career in engineering so far.  Cara is a Contract Management Advisor whose role includes advising on all contractual matters throughout the full lifecycle of the project from the feasibility stage right through to the resolution of contractual disputes.  Her advice to girls considering a career in engineering is to: work extremely hard, find your niche, do something that you love and above all else, at the early stages of your career; listen and ask questions.

For Cara, the most career changing event was observing and learning from the best in the industry. She believes it is also very important to find a truly great mentor who encourages you, shares information willingly and pushes you to your limits.  The key to success is to bring competence, pragmatism and a solution based approach to the table. She also suggests engaging with every stakeholder along the way in a meaningful way to build long lasting relationships.  Cara’s full interview is available here.