Nicola Asker

Nicola Asker

Network Analyst
National Grid
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Nicola Asker
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I enjoy a challenge and studied for a joint degree in electrical and mechanical engineering. Taking my lead from my step-dad, and electrical engineer, I found my way into engineering because I enjoyed maths, physics and computing at school but didn't want to study any of these by themselves at University. I have tried out consultancy and research and had spent 18 months as a volunteer with 17 amazing Uganda children. I now work as a network analyst at National Grid, exploring how the gas transmission network will need to adapt to meet future needs in the UK. I joined the company through its graduate programme, which offered a great deal of training and experience in different parts of the business.
I studied for an MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
Answers by Mrs Nicola Asker

The main reason I chose to do electrical and mechanical engineering was that I couldn't choose between them and was told it was a much harder degree. I like a challenge. I chose engineering because I enjoyed maths and physics but wanted to use them practically. I never had anyone tell me it was only for men, but I was the only girl on my course in my year. 



Hi John. When I was at University I was the only girl in my course of 50 people. Luckily we shared lectures with other, similar courses which had a few more girls. It never really bothered me and it can be a plus since people are more likely to remember your name! Mechanical engineering is definitely a really strong degree to do as it'll give her a wide range of potential jobs in lots of different industries. So I'd definitely encourage her to stick at it. If she is finding it hard as the only girl she could perhaps investigate whether there are any female STEM groups at the University, or start her own! I hope that helps.

Thanks for the question Khilawy. It seems like you already know more than most about some of the different types of engineering careers. It's hard to tell you more about these as they are still really broad. The type of work they each do will still vary a lot based on the industry and company they work in but here goes for a general answer. Software engineering is very much about programming while information engineering might be more about data management and communication engineering could be more about telecomms etc. Electric energy engineering will mean that its about power systems and electricity transportation while electronic engineering is more about circuit boards and small components. Mechanical engineering is a VERY broad term so focusing on design could use one particular part of those skills whereas you could choose to build things or maintain things. I hope that helps!