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IWD 2022 – Paula McMahon

International Women's Day 2022 -
Q&A with Paula McMahon CMgr FCMI CEng FICE FWES

Career Stories

Please tell us about your background, younger ambitions, interests, education.

I was brought up in central Middlesbrough and went to one of the worst rated schools in Cleveland (as it was then). I always loved solving problems and my ambition was to have a good job.

How did you get to where you are today, successful women in business? How did you gain your skills and knowledge to do what you’re doing?

I was lucky to have been selected for a residential course on engineering which shaped my future. After a week’s work experience at my local council I applied for an apprenticeship there and the rest is history. The apprenticeship allows my to gain skills in the workplace and knowledge studying.

Who would have thought I would now hold Tees Business Women Lifelong Inspiration and European WICE Awards Lifetime in Engineering awards !

Have you faced challenging times in the past or any times you have failed at something? How did you face this?

I have always found facing problems head on in order to learn from them is the key to success.

Anyone who claims they have never failed will never improve!

Can you tell us about times that have inspired you throughout your life and where do you get your inspiration and motivation from?

Inspiration is everywhere if you look for it. Today I am very lucky to meet many, many inspirational people who continue to motivate me to do more

What makes you feel empowered?

I get the most satisfaction from knowing I have helped – this make me feel like doing more.

What are your future goals?

Work with High Tide to allow more young people in the Tees Valley to reach their potential – if I can, they can.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 15-year-old self, what would it be?

Stay positive and be yourself – do not let others shape your future.

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