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Fostering Inclusion in Engineering I The Experience of Emilie Baubet, EHS Consultant

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We talked with Emilie Baubet, Environment, Health and Safety Consultant about her involvement in the engineering sector and why she thinks fostering inclusion is crucial for the future of this industry. 

Where does your interest in Science and Engineering come from? 

I was always better at scientific subjects at school, and I never really considered studying languages or pursuing a career in literature. It was quite obvious from the start that I wanted to be active in a scientific field!

What I mostly like about my job is the humane aspect that goes with health and safety matters. My goal is that people go home the same way as when they arrived in the morning. Regardless of the type of sector I’m able work in (construction, railway, weaponry,…), I really feel fulfilment from what I do. 

What does Inclusion mean to you? 

Unfortunately, we see that women are still poorly represented in the engineering industry, so inclusion is a topic that really speaks to me.

The fact that we see women getting more and more interested in scientific matters, at school, in movies or on TV is really inspiring, and I’m glad this encourages other women to be involved in this field too. In the past, I faced some remarks and struggled to find my place as a woman, but I’m proud of where I stand today.

At Catalay, we frequently get the opportunity to attend events and meet other consultants from different sectors. Not only does this foster our inclusion within the community, but it also allows us to exchange on different topics and learn from each other’s experiences! 

What is the collaboration with your colleagues like?

I noticed that women and men can have different approaches when it comes to applying or enforcing safety measures, and that is completely fine! I think both ways of working can complement each other and ensure that the work is done efficiently. 

Do you have any advice for women wanting to start a career in engineering?

Don’t be afraid. There’s this common idea that engineering is only reserved for men, but I’m confident that this is bound to change. My advice would be to do what keeps you motivated and energised, regardless of what people may think.  We all have our place and our role to play in engineering. It’s the combination of all personalities that will move the world forward and get the job done. 

In honour of women’s history month, we want to highlight the women that are striving to make an impact in the engineering industry. Thank you Emilie for this inspiring and thought-provoking story!

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Written by Alyssa Lefever

Marketing Officer