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Women engineers give advice to the next generation of STEM leaders

Raytheon UK

Yvonne C., senior engineer (left) and Therese B., software engineer (right) are the first female engineers in their families. Their inspiring career journeys demonstrate the diversity of routes to entry in engineering.

As a girl, Yvonne C. dreamed of becoming an astronaut.

"My dream was to fly in the Space Shuttle as a mission specialist," she said. "I was always inventing machines for school assignments, and my favourite toys were Matchbox cars, Lego and Meccano."

Aided by strong family role models who nurtured her own early interest – both of Yvonne’s grandfathers were engineers and she enjoyed regular childhood outings to air shows – her curiosity drove her to study astronautics at university and pursue a career in engineer