Riyadh: Editorial team
An exclusive interview with Sarah Alshhrani
Question 1: Can you tell us more about your current role in Alstom? And how society is reacting to the women engineer?
I work as a computer networks engineer in Alstom transport in Saudi Arabia. In my role, I am responsible for network administration and equipment configuration.
The number of women with jobs in Saudi Arabia has nearly doubled in the last five years, according to Saudi Arabia government figures. This jump is proof of the understanding that diversity is essential for innovation and to meet the ambitious goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
However, despite the progress more can be done to attract young girls to STEM professions including creating smart and sustainable solutions for the transportation sector. The first step is to recognize the creativity, collaboration and productivity women bring to the table with their inventors and innovators’ spirit.
Personally, at Alstom, I have always experienced an inclusive working environment that champions both male and female participation. We recognise clearly that to develop a sustainable transport sector, diversity will is key.
Question 2: How do you feel about being part of the local workforce and what are your major achievements in your career path?
I am proud to be a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, US, and work in a company like Alstom which allows me to bring my passion and enthusiasm for networks automation and IoT to the table every day.
As social attitudes towards women participating in the workforce evolve, women are also realizing the importance of working for both their personal and professional development.
I am proud to be part of the STEM sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is an important pillar to advance our Saudi Vision 2030 goals, of creating a prosperous and forward-looking country.
Question 3: What is the message that you would like to convey to Saudi Females in what relates to entering the Saudi workforce?
My first message is to stay in school and get that degree. A robust educational experience gives you a clear roadmap to achieving your professional goals.
My second message is to persevere – you will always hear naysayers, but you must continue to work hard and remain diligent. Continue learning and delivering. Hard work pays off.