Speaking in terms of gender-balance, Zoe believes that the conversation needs to begin at school, so that generational change can happen. “If we can better explain what engineering is to girls at school, and how diverse it really is, then we will be much better off in the future and can help remove the sub-conscious bias”. Using herself as an example, she says she “grew up misunderstanding what a career in engineering could look like” as she thought it was only “hard-hats and buildings”. She only found out that environmental engineering existed when her careers advisor at high-school urged her to consider it for university.
In her day-to-day life, Zoe is also an active traveller and a passionate Scout. She adds. “I love scouts because it gets you into the outdoors, allows you to meet people from all over the world and you get to learn all kinds of new skills.” Combining her love of travel and scouts, her trip to Iceland for the World Scout Moot in 2018 will remain a lifetime memory.
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