My name is Katrina and I am studying level 3 Extended Diploma in engineering (equivalent to 3 A levels) alongside A level maths and A level product design.

After studying at UTC Oxfordshire I plan to either go to university to study mechanical engineering or apply for a degree apprenticeship.

My experience of learning in a traditionally male dominated field was something I got used to really quickly. It was a little strange at first having mainly boys as friends, when I was used to all girl groups, but at the UTC, the girls stick together and we’ve bonded really well.

In the past, engineering hasn’t been recognised as an obvious career choice for females. You look around and it is filled with men, which makes the women that do work in this field stand out. We need to change the ratio and encourage more women into STEM.

If you’re interested in these subjects, give them a go. They may appear scary at first, but they’re really not. The teachers are great and there are so many fantastic opportunities that you just wouldn’t get anywhere else.