Sunday 8 March was International Women’s Day. All last week on Twitter and LinkedIn we’ve been meeting some the inspirational women that make up 42% of our workforce. Here are some highlights.

Cath – Principal Geo-Environmental Consultant

“I was always interested in science and the environment and did a degree in Environmental Geology at Leeds University. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to specialise in after university I took a year out and then got a job in the geo-environmental sector in 2003. I really enjoyed this type of work and progressed with my career to become a principal geo-environmental consultant.”

Beth – Geo-Environmental Scientist

“Don’t let someone put you off who thinks outdoor or physical work isn’t a woman’s job. Everyone needs a job that works for them, regardless of what others think you should be doing. Also, age shouldn’t stop you. I decided my initial career wasn’t for me so I went back into education at 26 to make the career change.”

Natasha – Graduate Geo-Environmental Scientist

“Don’t give up. When you get here, it’s important to know it’s a challenging job (especially during winter) but it’s also rewarding. It’s allowed me to see a lot more of the country than I normally would have. It’s also incredibly social, meeting many people as you work on different sites.”

Emma – Geo-Environmental Scientist

“I’d advise anyone wanting to begin a career in consultancy to try to get hands on experience through a year in industry or placement, whilst doing your undergraduate degree. This will give you valuable experience and an advantage over your colleagues when applying for graduate positions. It will also allow you to see the realities of consultancy work, as the work can be varied and involves a lot of travel.”

Hannah – Senior Geo-Environmental Scientist

“I have been inspired by the women within this company. When I started at The LK Group, I was trained by mostly female staff who I looked up to and aspired to emulate. I am surrounded by women who are excelling within our company on a daily basis.”