'The Day I Shadowed an Engineer'

One student’s story of learning about careers in engineering

For 16 female students in the United Arab Emirates, a visit to the Honeywell office in Dubai was a day of inspiration and learning. 

The students, who aspire to be scientists and engineers, were there as part of Job Shadow Day, sponsored by
Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) in partnership with INJAZ UAE, a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide. The goal of the program is to increase students’ understanding of jobs and careers through authentic real-life on-site corporate experiences.

The initiative supports Honeywell’s skill development efforts in the UAE, and promotes national efforts to encourage students to explore potential career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.   

Ghaya Mohammad a 12th grade student from Al Khaleej National SchoolGhaya Mohammad
, a 12th grade student from Al Khaleej National School, took a moment to share her experiences:

“Our morning began with a mentoring session with Ross McKenzie, a Honeywell engineer. He talked about work-readiness and the success skills needed to pursue career opportunities in STEM. 

“I then participated in mock interviews and received guidance on careers in engineering. It helped me become more confident with public speaking as well as become more aware of the key skills used during a job interview. The main thing I learned was how important is to use the right information to prove that you are a valuable asset for the organization.

“Later, I visited different departments such as aerospace, security, production, human resources, and corporate communications. I got an insight into the working life of professionals across multiple disciplines and I was very impressed with the people I met.

“I am very passionate about astronomy and physics, and want to study astrophysics and space exploration. Having a mentor made me realize the importance of teamwork, communication skills and the impact of technology on our lives.

“I am sure I’m not alone in my reaction to the Job Shadow Day. My classmate Nour Ahmed told me, ‘the entire program was immensely beneficial in elevating the skills and knowledge I need for the future’. 

“The whole day was a great opportunity to glimpse our potential future!”

Visit Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, for more information about its programming.