May 23, 2017

Interview with Patricia Molina, engineer at WSP, Edinburgh, UK

Name and profession:

Patricia Molina, engineer at WSP, Edinburgh, UK

What is the best thing of your current job?

As both a Civil Engineer and an Entrepreneur, my passions lie in creating and designing from scratch and seeing those ideas turn into real-life products.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a nanny and baby sitter. I love kids!

As a kid, what was your dream job?

My dream job as a child was to be a pilot. However, when I first experienced a heavy turbulence flight, I changed my mind.

Did you set yourself a professional path to follow?

Yes and no. I have always aimed to maintain a balance between what I should do and what I want to do. I have come to understand that choosing the right path is as important as sometimes letting your instincts guide you and go with the flow.

Did you have a role model growing up?

I do not feel that I have a particular role model I followed. This said, someone who inspired me was Ffyona Campbell. She was not just the first woman to walk around the world by foot, but she was only 16 when she did it!

What is the best piece of advice you were given?

The best advice I have received is to do everything it takes to become an independent woman, to learn from my mistakes and to be fearless. Words to live by, thanks mum.

Who inspires you now?

Steve Jobs.

What would you tell a girl who doesn’t know what to do in the future?

We all find our purpose at different pace and paths. Find what you are good at and what you enjoy doing and don’t be afraid to express yourself.

Define success. What do you think is necessary to be able to say you have succeeded?

Fight for what you want and achieve what you set yourself to do. Success is that and more. For me, to be happy is to be successful.

What do you think is necessary to be able to say you have succeeded?

I believe it is to spend every moment of your life doing what you enjoy, what you believe in. As Ray Bradbury said, “do what you love, love what you do.”