In this episode, I talk with Peyton Gibson, EIT, ENV SP, a civil engineer and economist with more than seven years’ experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, about her journey and experiences in the field of engineering, with a particular focus on her career transitions, her move to the Netherlands, remote work experiences, cross-cultural communication challenges, and how she maintains work-life balance while redefining success as a woman in engineering.
***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.***
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Peyton:
- You made a significant move to the Netherlands in 2021 as a Fulbright Scholar. What prompted this move, and how has the experience of living and working abroad influenced your perspective on engineering and your career?
- Could you share your experiences of working remotely as a young professional in a new city and country, especially within a large company like Autodesk?
- Your career journey has taken you through various roles, from engineering to infrastructure policy and tech. Could you talk about what drove these career shifts and how each experience contributed to your current role at Autodesk?
- Many engineers follow traditional career paths, so transitioning into different roles within the industry can be daunting. What advice would you give to engineers considering similar career shifts or transitions?
- Cross-cultural communication is a vital skill, especially in today’s globalized world. Can you share some of the challenges and rewards you’ve experienced with cross-cultural communication in your personal life and engineering work?
- How do you find balance in your professional and personal pursuits, and do you believe this balance has played a role in your success as an engineer?
- What advice would you give to aspiring women engineers for navigating the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their careers?