Each month we select a question of particular interest to EngineerGirls. We invite and encourage many of the engineers featured on the site to share their answers with us.  You can find all our featured questions here and on the Ask an Engineer page.


 

How do I find a support network in engineering?

I have a group of friends in a lot of the same classes I’m in now and I’ve found having that support and camaraderie really helpful. I'm concerned about moving on to college and a career where I may not have that kind of group. Do engineers usually work in teams or by themselves? Were you able to find a group to work with in college or at your job? What are some ways I can find a similar support network in college or when I get a job as an engineer?


 

I'm having trouble in math – what can I do?

I have a math teacher that I really don’t understand and I’m not doing as well in his class. I’ve always been pretty good at math, and I was thinking about majoring in engineering when I get to college. He said maybe engineering isn’t for me because I’m having trouble with the class. I never thought I was a bad student before. Is my teacher right? How important is math for engineering? Do you have any tips for how I can start understanding the material?


 

Do I need a mentor?

I was told I should have a mentor to help me into an engineering career. Is it necessary to have a mentor? Did you all have mentors? If so, how did you find them? What should I look for in a mentor?


 

Were you the only girl in the room?

I’ve heard some engineers say they were the only woman in a class or club in college, or after college on a project or team at work. Has this happen to you? How did you deal with standing out like that and not having any other women around?


 

Do you have to be really outgoing to be an engineer?

I like being with people, but I don't like to be the center of attention or push for my own way. I like to think about things and work out details before I jump in with an answer. But I often hear that women need to speak up and be more aggressive to be successful in their careers. Is that true for women in engineering? I’ve also heard that engineers are often introverts like me. Is that true? I worry that I may have to try to change my personality if I want a great career.


 

Have you ever felt like you were not able to show your full intelligence in order for people to like you?

I do really well in school, but people get mad at me if I say anything about it. I don’t want to make people feel bad, but I’m also proud of my work. Have you ever faced this? If so, what did you do about it?