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  • Added Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:16 AM

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    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 happened to you? How did you deal with standing out like that and not having any other women around?

    Related to Communication Skills, Opportunities/Challenges for Women, Social Concerns, Work Environment, Working with People
    Answers 25
    Priscilla Bennett, Spire / Laclede Gas Company
    Answered 11 days AGO

    Not only in college classes, but also the work environment did I find myself as the only female working/teamed up with only male counterparts. When we learn to view others for the person, the talents, the traits, the contributions they bring to a ...

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    Jamie Krakover, The Boeing Company
    Answered Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 4:15 AM

    I have been the only woman in the room before, but luckily it is become more rare as more women pursue STEM. It can alienating when this happens, but it's less about standing out (because you already do if you're the only woman) and more about making ...

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    Answered Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 4:14 AM

    I was in college almost 30 years ago and, yes, I was sometimes the only woman in the room. But even then, it was fairly rare. I joined Society of Women Engineers as well as IEEE and many other clubs. I had the same goals as my other classmates regardless ...

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  • Added Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:25 AM

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    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 ...

    Related to Communication Skills, Engineering Skills, Featured Question, Opportunities/Challenges for Women, Self Doubt, Social Concerns, Work Environment, Working with People
    Answers 29
    Maria Marenco, Robert Bosch
    Answered Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    You don’t have to change the way you are, no matter what you decide to study or where you work. What I think happens in these work areas where there are fewer men than women, is that you feel constantly insecure. Especially is you enter a new subject, ...

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    Answered Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    No, you do not have to be really outgoing. It takes all personality types to make a really great team and teamwork is an absolute necessity to accomplish great things. Most of the engineers that I have worked with during my 20+ year career have been ...

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    Nicolette Yovanof Little, The Boeing Company
    Answered Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    In my experience, the best engineers and leaders know their strengths and use them to their advantage in how they interact at work. You can still be an introvert and be a successful engineer, but you will need to find a balance of speaking up and ...

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  • Added Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 9:47 AM

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    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?

    Related to Communication Skills, Featured Question, Self Doubt, Social Concerns, Working with People
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    Margaret Byron, Penn State University
    Answered Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 8:06 AM

    I was lucky in that I never felt much pressure to pretend that I didn’t like science or math, or pretend that I wasn’t good at it. There was a year or two where I was pretty lonely, at the beginning of middle school, because other kids made fun of me for ...

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    Jodie Lutkenhaus, Texas A&M University
    Answered Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:20 PM
    I sure have, especially when I was in high school. However, I was reminded that high school was only temporary. I tried to keep my head down, do my work, and get through it. Once at college, I was able to specialize in chemical engineering, where ...Read More
    Mekka Williams, NetApp
    Answered Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Unfortunately yes. This problem never goes away and can happen right in your own family. Here is my advice:

    • Stop hiding your intelligence immediately. You don’t have to play dumb. Sometimes you can just refrain from engaging directly in those ...
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