Charlotte Flaherty’s decision to leave full time work, and sign up for a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical) took a lot of soul searching, and a long time to resolve. So she was delighted with the news that she is Otago Polytechnic’s inaugural winner of the Women in Engineering Scholarship.
“I gave up full time work to do this. My self-image and status was tied up with my job, and obviously, I’ve taken a drop in income, so winning this scholarship validates my choice.”
The 54 year-old has been a journalist at the Daily Telegraph in the UK, a Safer Journey Coordinator at the Dunedin City Council, and (is still) a mother of two. But after studying a couple of civil engineering papers five years ago, she got a taste for engineering.
“I’m moderately geekish. I really want to speak fluent maths, and I have a real desire to understand how structures and systems work and react.”
Charlotte’s no stranger to study. She has a CapableNZ degree in Business Transformation and Project Management. This was gained by studying part time while working full time. But she’s decided it’s time to focus solely on her education.
“I am so happy - I’m absolutely loving the study. I really believe it’s the right choice and career move for me.”
Charlotte says Otago Polytechnic was an obvious place for her to study.
“Polytechnic is so forward thinking, so strategically minded and so connected with the workforce. The teaching’s also of a very, very high standard. I’m a huge fan of Otago Polytechnic!”
Read about the Bachelor of Applied Management through Capable NZ.
Read about the Bachelor of Engineering Technology.