Holly Thompson

Current Position: Safety Engineer at The Hartford
Holly Thompson
Highlight This is probably one of the greatest professions to get into as a female. Sometimes the math and science classes can feel overwhelming but stick with it! It's definitely worth it.
January 17, 2012Her job: Safety Engineer, The Hartford
Describe what you do in your current work situation? Occupational safety and health professionals strive to identify, evaluate and eliminate or control hazards which expose people, property or the environment to danger or harm. My profession is concerned with the prevention of injuries and illnesses that may occur in the workplace. I will go into various industries and provide recommendations as to how they can minimize worker exposure to various hazards.
Why did you choose engineering? I chose this field because of the large amount of opportunities that are offered. Being a male dominant field, there are so many opportunities for women out there. This career path also offers competitive pay which is an added bonus!
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have? I went to Oakland University in Rochester, MI. I have my Bachelors of Science in Occupational Safety and Health.
What do you like best about being an engineer? I love how there are so many opportunities out there, specifically in the safety engineering field. I also love being able to help eliminate various hazards that minimize workers to hazardous environments. It's very rewarding.
What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career? Being a young female in this role can be challenging because I am typically working with males who have been in the field for many years. Maintaining a professional attitude and persistance is very important in my field of work.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering? This is probably one of the greatest professions to get into as a female. Sometimes the math and science classes can feel overwhelming but stick with it! It's definitely worth it.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book. I love doing yoga! I also love spending time with my friends and being outside. Spending time by the lake or at the beach is my favorite thing to do. I also just got a new puppy that I love spending time with!