Loreto Upper Sixth student Enoma Ogor was announced as the Career Ready Astra Zeneca Engineering student of the year 2018 at a recent awards evening at Canary Wharf.

“Being named as one of the STEM Students of the Year is a great honour, and it’s a real confidence booster to be recognised for my hard work and progression over the last two years in developing the skills needed for the workplace.

My dream career when I’m older is to be a chemical engineer with the aim of using my skills and role to improve other people’s lives as well as to inspire other young women to take up STEM subjects”

Enoma was part of the Think Build Career Ready programme run at the college which provided students with the opportunity to attend masterclasses run by industry representatives,  gain work experience and have the support of a mentor. As part of the programme. Enoma has visited the offices of Wates construction, Accenture and KPMG .  Enoma has also had work experience at  ISG construction where her team won ‘Team of the week’ and a months summer placement at Magnesium Elektron where she took part in research that was included as part of the company’s development.

“Being part of the Career Ready programme has been a big help to me in terms of helping me to prepare for my future. Before I started the programme, I was nervous and pretty shy when it came to meeting new people, but I’m now much more confident and I feel ambitious and ready for what the future holds”.

Enoma also participated in a Headstart summer school supported by Career Ready and also  managed to fit in a summer school at Leeds University studying Electronics. Through activities organised by the college Enoma has been on an ‘Engineering your Future’ workshop at Siemens , a STEM Masterclass at Liverpool University , a particle physics workshop at Daresbury laboratories and a visit to the Engineering department at Ulster University.

“The Career Ready programme has really helped me to develop the skills and confidence I’ll need in the future, but I think that my time at Magnesium Elektron was the most significant part of the programme for me”.

Enoma has also given her time generously to others , participating in a Maths mentoring project run in conjunction with Loreto college and MMU where she has visited a school to mentor school pupils on a weekly basis for  a term .  Enoma aspires to a career as a Chemical Engineer with the ultimate aim of using her skills and knowledge to improve people’s lives.

“Internships are a great chance to see the world of work, meet new people, challenge yourself and see what wonderful things you can achieve”.

Enomas’ award is a trip to Geneva in the summer to visit Cern which she is looking forward to enormously.