Now in her fifth year with the business, Mia, Advanced Battery and Cell Engineer tells us why the supportive culture of Jaguar Land Rover has been so important to her:
“I wanted to work here from the age of 13. Jaguar Land Rover presented the projects they were working on at my school career fair. They really stood out, as the people presenting seemed not much older than me! I put them at the top of my list of places to work straight away.
My original career thoughts had always been towards working in law. I grew up in foster care and came into contact with lawyers quite a lot and my passion for caring for children started there. But I was also fascinated by the world of engineering.
One of the greatest aspects of working here is I can balance the two.
In my engineering role I’m looking at how batteries perform. I prepare a lot of models around how batteries behave electrically and thermally in different situations. How they store energy and how sustainable they are. This is such an important part of the future of every Jaguar Land Rover vehicle. Our desire to create cars that are autonomous, connected, electrified and shared is something I’m really passionate about.
I am also given the time and support for my volunteering work. I give talks to give a voice to children in care and volunteer at events to help young people in care such as outreach programs with Warwick University. I’m part of the children in care council and helped set up the care leavers forum.
I’m especially passionate about bringing more women into engineering. The diversity here is one of our strengths and has changed for the better – even in the short time I’ve been here!
This is my 5th year at JLR. It’s gone so quickly and I’ve achieved so much already. The first two years were really hands on and my time at Warwick University has complemented my experience here. I’ve worked with partners around the world. Bringing different experts together is so important to our shared futures and I benefit so much – personally and professionally – by working with them all.
Like I said, the supportive culture is really important. I’ve set my sights high – I want to be the youngest female manager at JLR. And I know I will be supported and pushed hard to achieve my ambitions.”