2015 Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarships Winner

Temilolu Danso

Graduate Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover

What three words sum up your STEM journey so far?

Insightful, challenging and inspirational

Who/what inspired you to join the STEM sector?

I always had a keen interest in Science and Maths, and when I was thinking about which university degree to study, my dad advised to consider Engineering. This was my first exposure to it, and I haven’t looked back since.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

Say yes to new opportunities.

What advice would you give to women who are #1ofTheMillion working in STEM today?

My advice is to never forget your passion and drive for STEM, and to do what you can to address the gender imbalance to help future generations.

What advice would you give to women and girls to encourage them to join the STEM sector?

If you are interested in Science, Technology and Maths, consider studying/working in STEM. There are so many opportunities and it could lead to a very fulfilling career.

Given the unique challenges we face due to COVID-19, how can we keep gender balance and diversity on the agenda?

We need to do our best to keep these conversations flowing. Although COVID-19 brings challenges, there are also unique opportunities where we can now reach wider and impact more people. An example of this is through virtual events where a person’s geography is no longer a barrier to be able to attend.

What can organisations do to increase/inspire more women into STEM?

Organisations can highlight women doing amazing things in STEM. They should also provide support for said women and do their best to tell their stories.

What do you envision for the STEM sector over the next 20 years?

I envision a workplace with better gender balance at all levels, and more women in senior decision-making positions within organisations.

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