Why is delegation a nightmare for new female managers?

The game changed when I first became a manager. Can you relate? Like many women in tech, I’ve always been a high achiever, consistently rated top quartile. But, after becoming a team lead for the first time in my late twenties, I struggled A LOT! I fell into the trap of being too nice, and… Continue reading Why is delegation a nightmare for new female managers?


EngineerChic gets a Makeover

I started this blog when I was still an engineering student at college. 12 years and ~200 posts later, I am still writing, albeit with a few long pauses of late. The blog was initially for me - as a creative outlet, a way to capture and catalog my thoughts, and to share my often… Continue reading EngineerChic gets a Makeover

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Mentorship vs. Sponsorship for career advancement

As mentioned in my last post, one of the most critical factors to achieving success in the workplace is finding sponsors - the right sponsors - who will open doors for you and actively support you as you grow. Malcolm Gladwell listed this as one of the 3 critical factors for meteoric success in his book, Outliers (along… Continue reading Mentorship vs. Sponsorship for career advancement

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Female Engineers – Winning with the Velvet Glove

So this blog and others like it have exhausted the facts and figured about women in engineering and how wonderful it all is for us to be there. I want to talk about something I've experienced that gave a new spin on why companies should hire and promote female engineers. Not all female engineers will agree… Continue reading Female Engineers – Winning with the Velvet Glove


What makes engineering consulting different

Its been a while since I posted - readers will realise that my lull in posts has coincided with my move to Johannesburg and my starting a new job in engineering consulting. The past 2.5 months at my new company have been a whirlwind of excitement. Being thrown into two projects in the midst of… Continue reading What makes engineering consulting different

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What to consider before dating an engineer

Seeing as though I have dated not one, but two engineers, and I am constantly surrounded by (male) engineers, I seem to have become the authority on this topic. My site stats agree that this content - strange as it may be - attracts substantial traffic. So here it is: why not to date an… Continue reading What to consider before dating an engineer


6 Top Time Management Tips for Project Management

An old varsity friend contacted me the other day for some advice.  He also now works in project management but as a scheduler for several projects happening on various sites. He recently had an incident where the incorrect information was communicated for the progress on one of the sites - which landed him in some… Continue reading 6 Top Time Management Tips for Project Management

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Interview Tips for Engineers

I recently got a comment from a reader who asked me to share some tips on what to wear for a first interview with some engineering companies.   Having a little experience in that department, let me try and offer some advice. 1.  Be prepared Possibly the most important thing you can do before an interview is… Continue reading Interview Tips for Engineers