International Women in Engineering day was launched in 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society to celebrate its 95th anniversary. WES is an English charity, founded in 1919 at the end of the First World War, when women who had been employed in technical fields found it difficult, if not impossible, to continue working as engineers.
This year, IOTICS is celebrating our wonderful woman engineers, their fantastic work and wisdom. Erika Le Doze (Riki) has been with IOTICS since 2019 and currently has the role of Director Product Management.
Riki shares with us her advice, experience and tells us about her life as a woman in engineering:
What would be your advice to young women in engineering?
1. What does innovation mean to you?
Always improve and ask the question: are we doing things differently or do we do different things?
2. Tell us about some of the challenges you had to overcome in your career?
People may think that I’m junior or inexperienced. They tend to assume that I might not have a specific expertise or that I have not held leadership positions before, sometimes making it difficult to make my voice heard.
3. What kind of impact would bring you great satisfaction in your work?
That finally anything can interoperate with any other thing. We’re already implementing this on an ecosystem by ecosystem basis, and connecting each of them with each other will be truly amazing.
4. What is your proudest moment in your career so far?
Being back in a full-time role, as a mum. There’s a lot of pressure out there, so I’m proud and fortunate that I could make the decision that works for me.
5. What is a long-term goal for you? And how does working at IOTICS fit into that goal?
Making an impact for good. IOTICS has a solution to big data problems, enabling companies and industries to thrive again.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Hire for attitude. Skills can be taught later.
7. Do you prefer sweet or savoury? And favourite food?
Savoury. Bun Cha.
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