An engineer who swapped the Amazon Rainforest for a career at Amazon in Doncaster is hoping her story will help inspire other women to embrace a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) industries.
Andrea Cook Ciccia is encouraging other women to follow in her footsteps and pursue a career in the rewarding industry.
Andrea works at Amazon in Balby Carr Bank and the fulfilment centre is marking International Women in Engineering Day (23 June 2018) by acknowledging the exceptional women working at Amazon.
Launched in the UK in 2014, International Women in Engineering Day is a global awareness campaign that celebrates women in engineering. Amazon is a sponsor of this year’s event.
Andrea worked in the Amazon Rainforest as a logistics supervisor and it was in the jungle where she realised that very few women opt for a career in engineering.
Inspired by this, she moved to the UK and took up a position at Amazon in Doncaster, determined to join Amazon’s efforts to encourage more women to embrace a career in engineering.
To celebrate the day, Andrea is excited to share her story of what being a female working in engineering means in today’s digitally-driven professional world and how other women can follow their passion for technology innovation.
Andrea Cook Ciccia, Pathways Operations Manager from Amazon in Doncaster, said: “I have always had a passion for understanding the processes behind complex systems and how things are made. When I was at school, I loved maths, physics and chemistry and was extremely curious about learning how to innovate."
“I began my career at an oil and gas company in Peru and then decided to take my passion for engineering to the next level by getting a masters in Spain. I returned to Peru and worked in the Amazon Rainforest as a logistics supervisor. It was an incredible experience and also made me realise how few women there are in my field. I was actually one of only three women working in the rainforest at my company."
“After that once-in-a-lifetime experience, I was interested in changing industries and pursuing an International MBA. I wanted to work in a different country and to explore more about logistics. Amazon was a perfect fit for my career, and I am grateful that I have been working here in Doncaster for a year."
“When asked how to encourage more women to be involved in this field, I say to not follow typical stereotypes and to pursue what you love. I was lucky to have a school that encouraged me to follow my dreams and exposed me to plenty of career opportunities. It comes down to not being afraid to be yourself and to always be curious about learning more.”
Ajit Sah, Site Lead at Doncaster Balby Carr Bank stated: “Amazon is proud to sponsor this year’s International Women in Engineering Day. In Doncaster, we are passionate about encouraging women to work in engineering and are always looking for ways to empower more women to enter the profession and progress their career at Amazon. Being the best for our customers means recruiting the best, which is why we will continue to hire talented women engineers who are passionate about finding innovative engineering solutions to today’s biggest challenges.
“Andrea is an excellent example of a pioneer in engineering and we hope her story will inspire others to pursue a career in this field or seek opportunities to grow their career through Amazon’s Women in Innovation Bursary, Engineering Apprenticeship schemes or Career Choice programmes.”
The Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary offers funding of between £3,500 and £7,500 per year to a female student planning to attend one of the three universities which neighbour its three UK Development Centres, including the University of Edinburgh, Kings College London and Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. As well as the bursary helping with living costs over four years of a degree, Amazon also provides mentoring on business skills like CV-building and interview techniques, as well as a potential work placement at Amazon’s Development Centres.