My name is Jessica Dennien. I am a wife, mother and engineer, a "mumgineer". I work with individuals and employers to provide insights on how balance can be achieved within the workplace whilst ensuring an efficient, engaged workforce.

A common concern heard among the STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) community is the difficulty in getting girls and women engaged in STEAM subjects and pursuing STEAM careers. But a conversation not as often had is the difficulty retaining women in STEAM careers.

Retaining women in these careers can be difficult particularly when they decide to start a family. Balancing a demanding STEAM career with family life can be difficult when the male dominated system expects mothers to adapt to it rather than updating the system to allow flexibility and work with ALL parents who want to achieve a better work / life balance.

Losing this talent is not only detrimental to the women who lose engagement in the workforce, but also to businesses that experience significant talent loss. This should be concerning to employers who are experiencing these types of losses as they are losing an investment when talent and IP leave their business.

Working in male dominated industry with Carmen Smith (Podcast Episode)

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In the first episode of the Mumgineer Podcast I spoke to Carmen Smith. Carmen is currently an engineer working for her local council in QLD and mother to her 8-year-old son. Before transitioning to the Public Works Sector, Carmen worked within the food, iron ore and alumina industries for 15 years. Carmen’s areas of expertise include data evaluation, problem solving and thinking outside the box. 

Listen to the episode to hear about Carmen's experiences:
  • Working in male dominated industry
  • Working remotely in Western Australia
  • Engaging her son in STEAM subjects
  • Balancing work and life and making time for frequent family holidays
  • Being the main income earner for her family while her husband was the stay at home dad
Carmen also shares her advice for how to thrive in male dominated industry!