Today marks the start of National Careers Week, which runs up until 6th March and aims to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and college.
With that in mind, we caught up with Sree Mavuru, Halewood Material Planning & Logistics (MP&L) Senior Launch Co-ordinator, about why she chose a career in engineering and her advice for students looking to follow the same “route” as her.
Sree said: “To know what you want to do or who you want be when you are 15, can be a difficultdecision but my advice would always be to stick to what you enjoy.
“For me it was subjects like maths, chemistry and physics because I had a love for problem solving and all things facts. I also had a close extended family member who was a chemical engineer, so I would spend the school holidays working with them in their business.
“These were the two biggest influences on me and why I decided to study chemical engineering. I felt like it was a degree that would allow me to develop lots of transferable skills and therefore flexibility to work in different sectors, which is exactly what it did when I joined Jaguar Land Rover.
“The role I am in now in MP&L for Plant Launch and might seem like another world away to what I studied but actually those same fundamental principles in problem solving, time management and delivery still apply to a manufacturing setting- it’s like driving the same car, just in a slightly different gear!”
When asked what she would say to her 15 year old self, Sree said: “Talk to as many people as you can to get a feel for all the different things you can do but as long as it’s something you enjoy and are willing to put some hard work and effort in to, you can’t go wrong.”