24 April, 2018

Flying the flag for women in Engineering

Engineering Assistant, Magda, came to Castle Donington on the recommendation of a friend who told her M&S was the best company to work for. We have not let her down.

Before I joined M&S, I worked as a machine operator for a cake factory. I was keen to develop my career further in Engineering, and after a friend recommended M&S, I knew this was the right place to do it. I am always learning new things and thus developing my skills further. I can still remember my first day here. The warehouse was so impressive, packed with lots of state-of-the art technology.

I started out as a Warehouse Operative before being promoted to First Time Fixer in the Engineering Department, which in turn, allowed me to progress into my current role as an Engineering Assistant. At the moment, I’m using lots of different technology and automation, it’s very exciting and no two days are the same.

I had a lot of support here during my early days from my more experienced co-workers. The team and management also pushed me to achieve my goals. They even allowed me the flexibility to attend college to study for my Engineering qualifications.

My position has a lot of responsibilities and I always need to be prepared to take action. My main aim is to keep the machinery in motion. Ultimately, this ensures our customers receive their orders on-time. Values are very important at M&S and these values have given me the courage and push to make my dreams of a career in Engineering a reality.

Landing this role is my biggest achievement; I see it as an opportunity to fly the flag for women in Engineering. The working culture here is very fair and professional and you can always count on your co-workers and the management team for support. But if I could change one thing, it would be to encourage more women to consider a career in Engineering.

Someone who enjoys being part of a team would love it here. I can always rely on my team and we really support each other. There are always new things to learn and I’m a quick learner so I hope there’s more in store for me here career wise.

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