Abbi Fisher – Digital Engineer

For as long as I can remember I've always been intrigued by the way things work, but my journey into engineering was an unconventional route. Growing up i was very creative and didn't always understand the way I was taught and learnt STEM subjects in school, I was put off before I knew what there was to offer. What I know now is that having the right mindset can have a huge impact on adapting to learning environments and techniques.

Throughout secondary school my life revolved around the present and the past, now I live and work in the future, and what a difference it makes. Completing secondary school was a scary prospect, I didn't know what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be, and I knew I hadn’t worked as hard as I could of. I just knew what I thought I liked doing, and what I thought I didn't like doing.

Reluctantly I started college and did subjects my friends were doing and what mildly interested me, I didn't have a vision of where or what my career would be and i was disheartened. Before long I was so disengaged that I left, a drop out. I worked hard as a waitress and soon found an opportunity that little did I know would change my life forever. In 2010 at the age of 16 I joined a yacht as crew (with no experience) and sailed around the Caribbean Sea for 3 glorious months. With no intention other than to get away from 'not knowing' I didn’t have any ‘plan’, but along the way my eyes were opened to the marine world, stunning yachts everywhere to be seen, with incredible design solutions to seemingly impossible problems. I'd been seeing and experiencing the real world of what STEM subjects drive, and I didn't even know it.

Upon my return the epiphany happened - marine engineering design was the place for me! I knew it was going to be a challenge as my lack of motivation in school meant I didn’t have the required results in math to go into engineering, it hadn’t occurred to me at the time that doing well in school would set me up for a whole range of futures.

I was determined to succeed and I knew my passion would drive me through the hard times so I soon I left my hometown at the tender age of 17 to move 300 miles away to Falmouth, where I’d found a dedicated marine college that took me in on the condition that I re-sat my math qualifications. Studying STEM subjects were now the enjoyment in my life, if only I’d seen the world of options they would open up for me to before.

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Fast forward 7 years and I’m now a Digital Engineer working for one of the most prestigious engineering companies in the world, and I'm continuously finding more things I'm interested in and passionate about. On a day to day basis I generate 3D design solutions for all matter of problems, multi-disciplinary 3D design software’s are my language and leaps and strides in technology will continue to make my job interesting and versatile.

My advice to young women is to absorb as many opportunities as you can, because you never know what you'll discover you're passionate about, don't be afraid to challenge yourself and never stop asking questions.

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