STEM Q&A – Engineering Project Manager

Name: Hollie Florence Jackson

Fun fact: I was charged by an elephant in Botswana

What is your current role?

I work on Project Foundation, a programme aiming to provide long-term, sustainable cost savings to Babcock’s Aviation sector throughout Europe. My primary focus is to look at aircraft maintenance and capabilities, along with with the various support agreements we have in place with aircraft manufacturers, and assess how we can streamline the business and potentially expand it.

What GCSE’s and A-Levels did you take at school?

Standard Grades: Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry, Art & Design, History, French and Music

Highers: English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History

Advanced Highers: Maths and Physics

What were you interested in growing up and did this impact your decision to pursue a career in STEM?

I have always had an interest in science and how things work, this involved (and still does) an interest in Lego and taking things apart to understand them. I was steered to look into engineering because of my performance in science and maths and was very interested in the aero courses available as I’ve always had an interest in aircraft and space travel.

What’s your favourite thing about working for Babcock?

The variety of work that you can get involved with. Every contract and country is different, so you have a chance to move around the business and explore everything the company does. We cover maintenance and engineering on both civil and military assets, as well as a wider variety of different operations.

Where do you want to take your career within Babcock?

A: I’ve completed the Aerospace Engineering graduate scheme and have now transistioned into my first permanent role. I want to continue working across the Aviation sector to find my next exciting challenge!

What would your advice be to school students choosing GSCEs and thinking of options for the future?

Think about which subjects you are good at and that you enjoy, it’s much easier to succeed and study hard at something when you enjoy the subject matter or can see connections to the real world. Then try and also think about which subjects will be useful – for example the skills you learn in the sciences can be applied to many different things. A further piece of advice would be, don’t worry about planning your life out or knowing exactly what you want to do, just go with what opportunities come your way and give it a go!