I've always been an inquisitive person. I desire to know how and why things function, and analyzing the world around me helps to see how things could be improved. During career day in elementary school, a woman engineer spoke to our class. She introduced me to a field that would allow me to be creative, apply my natural curiosity and solve problems. Thanks to that woman, I aspired to become an engineer. Now, I am a quality engineer at a major automotive manufacturer.
With many STEM careers being male-dominated, women aren’t always respected and equally included. It’s important for women to have a voice in the workplace, and not be afraid to do their job — just as the person sitting next to them. I have many women role models, who were minorities within their respective field, such as Katherine Johnson, Pat Summitt and countless others. These women remind me that although there may be challenging obstacles, work to overcome them. Always believe in yourself and stay true to what is ethical, not what’s popular. STEM careers offer many avenues and the opportunity to learn is endless.
Working in automotive, I face a new challenge daily. It’s fascinating! The fact that I interact with so many different people and get to contribute to a global product is amazing. Aerotek facilitated the opportunity for me to do what I enjoy in engineering. I attribute much of my growth to their support.
Aerotek wants to congratulate Karla Oliver on her recognition as a Technology Rising Star at the Women of Color STEM Conference.
Working in automotive, I face a new challenge daily. It’s fascinating! The fact that I interact with so many different people and get to contribute to a global product is amazing.