Imma Diaz

Track Asset Support Engineer

"I am proud of being part of the Network Rail community."

I joined NR three years ago coming from the automotive industry (Ford MC & Jaguar Land-Rover).

I read books for 1.5 years about track maintenance and renewals and I undertook 3 subjects of a master degree to be able to face an interview as a track engineer. That is how I could see my mechanical degree useful to NR.

I was invited for the first interview and I didn’t get the job but with their questions for and the feedback I learnt about what they were looking.

I tried a second-time same position and again, I didn’t get it but now the picture in my head was clear about what they wanted.

Third time was the definitive one. That was it. I got the job and that was just the beginning of a new path. Every day is a challenge and you grow with them.

I don’t see myself as a female engineer but as an engineer. That’s it. Some people are still in shock that a woman can be an engineer (mechanical, electrical computing, …) but that will change the more women become engineers. It is a question of visibility but that can be changed empowering women to be whatever they want to be and breaking down invisible ceilings and bias.

I am proud of being part of the Network Rail community.

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