The questionnaire answered by the Women of Tech is a variant of the Proust questionnaire, named not because Marcel Proust got lost in the Paris metro, but in memory of Emilie du Chatelet, a woman of letters, mathematician and physicist, renowned for her translation of Newton's Principia Mathematica and the dissemination of Leibniz's physics work. She was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Bologna Institute. Emilie du Chatelet led a free and fulfilled life during the era of the Enlightenment and published a speech on happiness.
Why a career in tech?
Technologies are present in every professional domain: industry, manual works, sciences… It is key to remain up to date with modern evolutions in all technological fields.
Your professional experience?
I followed a professional apprenticeship, then a level degree in industrial steel work, then a specialized technical bachelor course in welding in Naval group.
Your first experience with technology?
My first experience in technology was to learn using welding generators.
What do you do today, and why?
Presently, I am a professional welder on submarines pressure hulls in Navalgroup Cherbourg shipyard. I did choose this job because I am passionate with this unique association between the Defense area and my technical work.
Your strengths in this role?
My assets for this position are that I am calm, meticulous, and I like looking after the small details that will make the difference.
Past challenges, failures and disappointments?
My first main challenge has been my selection for the Normandy region worldskill competition where I got the gold medal, then to participate to the French National finals where I also gained the gold medal, facing 8 other regions. I then was the French representative for the world championship in the US, where I finished 14th out of 26 competing countries.
Best moments, successes you’re proud of?
My best times were all discussions with other candidates or jury members. It was an enriching and valuable experience, both professionally and personally.
People who helped, influenced or made your life difficult?
I had the opportunity to work with two winners of the “French best worker championship”, and in particular Myriam Boubram which was the first woman ever being awarded the welding price. They both coached and trained me bringing their huge experience to reach professional maturity before the competition.
Your hopes and future challenges?
For the time being, I wish to continue improving my work skills, both theoretically and practically, and also would like to work abroad in order to discover different practices. Later, I would like to prepare the International Welding certificate (IWS).
What do you do when you don’t work?
Outside work, I enjoy treaking, very simple activities in wilderness environments and love travelling away.
Your heroes from History or fiction?
Nelson Mandela because he defended several causes that are very important to me.
A saying or proverb you like in particular?
“My moto: I never loose: either I succeed, either I learn ! “
A book to take with you on a desert island?
Mike Horn, Libre !
A message to young female professionals?
I would advise the young women to pursue their own dreams, to give themselves the means to reach them, and to never feel alone facing men’s world. I would also tell them that women are now more numerous and that behind a woman in a job perceived as a man’s job is not anymore anecdotic.