On Thursday the 11th of October, the Booth Welsh team will make their way down to London to attend The EIC National Awards dinner. This is the second time Booth Welsh will attend the ceremony, after being nominated and going on to win the EIC Optimisation award in 2017. This year Booth Welsh is sponsoring the award category and will present the award to the winning company on the night.
The ceremony will be doubly exciting for the team as their very own Process Engineering Manager, Laura Maley, is shortlisted for the EIC Rising Star MBA Award. The EIC has partnered with Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, to form the initiative which aims to develop future leaders within the Oil & Gas sector. The winner of the Rising Star Award will receive a full scholarship for the MBA Oil and Gas Management course at the Aberdeen Business School, starting in January 2019.
Laura has been with Booth Welsh for 8 years, joining as a junior member of a team of 8 process engineers Booth Welsh took on at the time. Laura has worked her way through the ranks to become a Process Engineering Manager in September 2017 and now oversees a team of around 25 engineers. There have been many highlights in Laura’s career, most notably completing her Chartership in 2013. The MBA course at Robert Gordon University would be a natural next step for Laura to compound her knowledge and fast track her career within Booth Welsh and the global group. We caught up with Laura to reflect on how far she has come and her advice to others looking to pursue a career within the field of Process Engineering:
Hi Laura, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got into your career?
At school I always enjoyed chemistry, physics and maths and when it came time to apply to university, I got some good advice from a teacher that engineering would offer me the chance to continue using the subjects that I enjoyed but would also offer diverse job opportunities. I decided to go to the University of Strathclyde to study for an MEng in Chemical Engineering, which I graduated from in 2006. I worked as an engineer in a variety of projects and industries until last year, when I became the Process Engineering Manager at Booth Welsh.
Who/what inspired you to apply for the EIC Rising Star Award?
I initially heard about the award from one of the directors in Booth Welsh, who asked if I would be up for a bit of a challenge! After giving it some thought, I realised just how valuable the potential prize would be to me in my current role and beyond, therefore decided to go for it! I think many engineers find themselves in management roles without necessarily having much training or education to prepare them, and while it’s by no means the only way to perform well in these roles I feel that whoever wins the award will receive an excellent grounding which will set them up for the rest of their career.
What advice would you give to someone looking to flourish in your field?
Having the right attitude to work is just as important as how well you do academically, so make sure you’re always giving your best and remember there’s always something new to learn no matter how experienced you become.
We would like to wish the best of luck to all award nominees and look forward to hearing the results on the night.