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Talented, determined, dedicated

Meet Rakhi Mahbuba, graduate structural engineer in our Perth office in Western Australia.  She has been working with Wood since December 2017 and is determined to make the most of the opportunities her new career brings.

Since childhood, Rakhi has always loved science, physics and mathematics.  Initially she found big aircraft and air travel amazing.  Growing up in Bangladesh, in an area of appreciable urban expansion, she became fascinated by tall buildings and bridges and wanted to know more about how they were built.

After a successful high school dalliance with beauty pageants, acting and modelling in Bangladesh, Rakhi travelled to Australia to study and subsequently graduated with a first-class honours degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth.

In Wood we recently celebrated #BalanceforBetter, the theme for international women’s day, where the focus was on accelerating gender balance in business and industry.  It was also a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  Men and women solve problems in different ways, so when the gender balance is right, productivity increases.  Gender balance is good for individuals, and good for business.

Rakhi says that although she is the only female structural engineer in the team she works in, she has always been included and respected.  “I have an extraordinarily supportive manager and colleagues who help me grow every single day,” says Rakhi. “The main challenge I faced was the huge learning curve in the beginning and the transition from university to work-life.  I feel it is a great honour and privilege to work for a global company like Wood and I cannot express in words how lucky I feel to a part of this company.”

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as shouting a call to action for accelerating gender balance which is echoed in this year’s theme.  This global celebration takes place on one day each year, but the day is considered a reminder and annual relaunch to accelerate gender balance in our lives at home and work.

Although she thinks industry has become much more inclusive, Rakhi says she would like to see more female leaders in lead or principal or managerial roles which would enthuse and inspire more girls and young women to follow in her footsteps.  Rakhi says:  “my goal is to be highly skilled and my vision is to learn and increase knowledge in various fields to develop myself, so that I can use my full potential to contribute something significant to the world and inspire the young generation to be best version of themselves.”

Her piece of advice to graduates who want to become successful engineers is to be proactive, start making connections and put in the extra effort…always ask questions and never stop learning.