Leaders Are Made, Not Born; filling the gap of...
27th March 2019
Fast forward to 2017, I emerge in the real world of engineering as an intern at CSI Energy Group and now, in 2019 I work as a Project Engineer – a blessing I do not take lightly. I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded with a supportive & dynamic team. My line manager and peers ensure I feel empowered in a male-dominated environment, encouraging me to further develop my technical skills and expand my knowledge in product competency.
Knowledge sharing is a common team ritual here, and I’ve gained strengths about dealing with common technical problems through training sessions organised by the company.
As a Project Engineer working at the Kinyerezi II 240MW (the first combined cycle power plant in East Africa) and Kinyerezi I Extension 185MW power plant projects, supervision is one of the key roles that I play. You may wonder how I manage given the vast number of men at site; my response would be unwavering courage, a keen sense of integrity, an aggressive yet humble personality and understanding the essence of my role on the overall success of the projects.
As a female engineer working in the field, it takes time to be trusted. I have had to put in extra effort to prove to people that I can do this – I took this as a personal challenge. Rather than complain about it, I chose to approach it positively and this has made me tougher than I ever was before.
Being the first born in a family of three and working at CEG has also taught me to be an early riser. I have to catch the early morning bus to work six days a week. This has increased my grit, persistence, will power and determination to ensure I go the extra mile and thus increasing my productivity both at work and at home.
The Journey at CEG has been challenging at times but mostly fun. I would never wish to be in another environment. This is my PASSION. This is my calling and I urge other women wishing to take this path not to second guess themselves as you can be whoever you want to be – you just have to put in work.