Ana Campos (Madrid, 1995) graduated in Industrial, Electrical & Automatic Engineering at Universidad Carlos III. She has worked at Cisco Ireland, dedicated to telecommunications. Now, she has chosen to continue her career as a Data Center Engineer at Nabiax.
Being the International Women’s Day, we interviewed her to know further about her experience in the Engineering industry.
Q: When did you realize you wanted to be an Engineer?
A: Since I was little, I have been a curious person. I was constantly asking myself how and why things were as they were. I always knew I liked Science, both technology and health.
When I grew up, I started having this passion for Engineering and Construction. But, as a teenager, I could not tell the difference between one career or the other, or the scope of work they implied.
Finally, I opted to study Industrial Engineering, because of the multiple professional paths it offered. The specialty I had the least knowledge about was Electrical & Automatic Engineering, so I decided to deepen more in these two fields.
Q: Until now, how has your experience working as a professional in this field?
A: Until now I always felt very comfortable working as an Engineer. I have always had other female fellow workers, which has made me observe that companies are increasingly committing to Gender Diversity. Even though this progress is palpable, there is still a big difference between men and women in the industry, specially in the top management positions.
Q: How does Nabiax work towards Gender Diversity?
A: I think the company is working in the right direction. There is a clear commitment towards equality of opportunities, which is reflected in the different areas: we can find women assuming positions of high responsibility in Engineering, Finance, Legal or Talent. And in some cases, these women are leading these areas.
I have no doubt that, as we keep growing as a team, there will be more female talent in Nabiax.
Q: Do you think that studying these fields is becoming increasingly popular amongst women? Why?
A: Absolutely. It is true that still there is a majority of men studying these technical specialties, and until now it has not been the most popular choice amongst women. But each year the equality of opportunities is being promoted. I think that this aspect is something to be worked both in the family and education system since we are little if we want it to be effective.
Q: What would you recommend to other women that, like you, want to become Engineers?
A: They must leave aside any kind of stereotype and study what they are passionate for. Moreover, Engineering has a lot of fields of application and not in all there is a majority of men. Thus, this must not be a factor towards choosing your career, the most important things are passion and dedication.