I’ve recently become a fully qualified engineer through G.Network’s reskillship programme. I came to engineering later than most, when I decided to return to work after having children. Before this, I worked in retail, and I knew it wasn’t something I wanted to go back to. When I received the offer from G.Network, I was so excited to do and learn something completely new. Now, I’m part of the installation team, where I install our full fibre broadband into customers properties.
My parents in Bangladesh are so proud that I’m an engineer. But I’ve had mixed reactions from some of my friends, who told me engineering is not a job for a woman, or that women shouldn’t be seen working in the streets. Personally, I think women need to experience a job for themselves to know this. Since joining G.Network, I’ve felt comfortable and supported at work, and my colleagues, both male and female, always look out for me.
On a recent installation, the customer told me she was one of the first female engineers in the telecoms industry back in the 1980s. She was delighted to see that women are paving the way in engineering. As women, we often undersell ourselves. When I joined G.Network, I was scared that I wouldn’t be good enough to be a fibre engineer – but I did it! And when I see customers happy with their broadband – that’s the best part of my job.