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Tell us a little bit about yourself...

My name is Mikala Eade. Im a 23 year old welder & fabricator from West Sussex. I work full time for a company called Built With Bailey where I make facias and cladding for buildings (basically the outsides of buildings). But I also make metal art in my spare time.

Instagram @MikalaEadeMetalwork

What made you choose this career?

After school I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do, so I went to lots of college open evenings to see my choices as I had to stay in education till I was 18. At Crawley college open evening I stumbled across the engineering department and thought it looked interesting so I went for it and haven’t looked back since! I just knew after school I didn’t want to sit at a desk anymore I wanted something physical.

Did you go through formal education? If so, what did you study and where? If not please explain your journey.

I went through formal education, I did GCSES then went onto Crawley College and did general engineering then carried on to specialise in welding & fabrication then ending up getting an apprenticeship in a workshop!

An apprenticeship was the best thing I ever did, you get to learn and earn, I did 4 days a week at work and then 1 day at college to get my qualifications! And now I am fully qualified.

Did this have a positive or negative impact on your chosen career?

College was a positive experience for me as it lead to finding my dream job.

It allowed me to see what options were out there for a career instead of doing A levels or following the standard route.

Who inspires you?

My family and friends!

They have inspired and encouraged my through out my welding journey and have always supported everything I have done.

What’s the scariest thing about your job and how have you overcome it?

The scariest thing with my job is that it is a male dominated industry. In my college class I was the only woman and even now at my workplace I am the only woman. It can be daunting but it is worth it!

What do you want to change about your industry?

I would love to change the gender gap in the engineering industry. Too many people think it is a mans job but it definitely isn’t.

What advice would you give someone who is starting out in your field?

Give it a go and you might like it! Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do it!


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