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Andrea, Managua

AddedSaturday, November 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

What advice can you give me so I can fit in more in a tough work environment?
Dear EngineerGirl, I am a Business administrator but I am attracted to Engineering and decided to study engineering in a master´s degree. I have been told that I do not have the personality to be an engineer, that I am not tough enough, not serious enough, specifically that I have ¨a hello kitty personality¨. What advice can you give me so I can fit in more in a tough work environment? I do not know what to do to appear more serious without changing my personality.
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  • Elizabeth Bierman , Honeywell Aerospace
    Answered Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM
    HI Andrea,
    My advice is for you build a network of other women engineers so that when you do run into someone who is not embracing the benefits of diversity in the workplace you have people to turn to.  Not everyone in the workplace feels the same about different perspectives which is unfortunate...but its not worth giving up something you enjoy because of one person's opinion.  The other way to appear more serious is to have done your homework before a meeting or presentation.  Just be prepared and have the data to back you up and no one can discount you if you are prepared.  
    Another article that you might be interested in is: http://fortune.com/2015/08/22/tesla-motors-ilooklikeanengineer/
    its about a female engineer who embraced her femininity at work and found success.  I hope this helps.
    
    -Elizabeth Bierman