Day 335- Victoria, 23, Aberdeen

I am a Graduate Mechanical Engineer for Nexen, which is an Oil and Gas company. I am based in the Aberdeen office, which focuses on supporting our North Sea installations called Buzzard, Scott and Golden Eagle. I am also a STEM Ambassador and I am passionate about encouraging more females in to STEM subjects.


Which young Scot inspires you?
Personally, I find Josh Littlejohn an inspiration through his dedication to helping the homeless people within Scotland. Starting a company with the strategy of making as much profit as possible and then handing it to charity is a very bold and unique move which has paid off in so many ways. Through innovations such as Social Bite and Sleep in the Park, these continually raise awareness of the homeless problem and finding way to support the less fortunate people of Scotland.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I would like older generations to understand that although younger generations may appear to be obsessed with technology, we are always looking to gain experience from them to allow technology to develop in a way that makes things easier – whether that is within a career or in life in general. I also feel that younger generations have a lot to learn and the experiences that can be shared across generations are key to younger generations development.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
My favourite thing about growing up in Scotland was having the scenery that I know I take for granted surrounding us such as the beaches and mountains. Everywhere I have travelled, everyone is in awe and expresses how ‘lucky’ I am to have grown up in such a beautiful place which is definitely something I didn’t appreciate until I had grown up and seen more of the world. Therefore, having the chance to grow up here and have these beautiful landmarks on my doorstep is something very unique.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is attaining a Distinction in my Masters in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Gaining this qualification allowed me to start at Nexen, which has been fantastic job since I started in October 2017. I have a great team surrounding and supporting me as I start my career in Oil and Gas and I get so many opportunities which I am so grateful for – including going offshore and volunteering for Outward Bound.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to continue my career journey with Nexen and see what other opportunities I can achieve there, as I have loved my first year and have seen a big development in myself since joining. I work with an amazing team of people as well so I am very excited to see what the future holds at Nexen. I would also like to help with encouraging young girls in to STEM subjects such as Engineering and be able to show all young people that Engineering is fun, exciting and a great career choice.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Always seize every opportunity, even if you think it is a challenge or you can’t do it – at least try because the experience will always be a learning opportunity – good or bad!

If Victoria’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story.

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