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Capt Katie Hawkins

STEM Youth Engagement Team

I am currently in the Army STEM Youth Engagement Team under Army Engagement Group. My role involves delivering STEM workshops to 11-14 y/o. To educate and inspire them into a technical career within the Army.

Why did you join the Army to pursue a STEM career?

At 15 I had a love for sports, being outside and maths! I decided to join Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College where I could study technical A-levels and begin my military career. Sponsored through university I decided to study Civil Engineering and felt most at home within the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) when selecting which technical Corps to join.

How did you find initial training?

Training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) was as expected. Physically and mentally challenging but also rewarding. There was highs and lows, but overall, it was an enjoyable experience.

What is something that has surprised you along your journey?

I have been on my current career path since age 15, it amazes me that I am fulfilling the role I wanted as a young teenager. I have been able to enjoy every opportunity thrown my way.

What are some of the ways that the Army has trained and prepared you for your role?

Being at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst trains you to be a Platoon Commander and Phase 2 is a small introduction into the Corps in which you will spend you career. Career courses continue every 1-2 years throughout, so you are technically always training and developing.

What other opportunities have you got to experience?

I have deployed to the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Canada working in conditions as cold as -40. I have been posted to Scotland and had opportunities to climb many munros (including Beinn Ghlas in my profile picture).

The Adventurous Training and sporting opportunities I have had are exceptional. Some highlights include, Scuba Diving in a liveaboard yacht for 10 days, rock climbing in Italy and Spain, skiing in Banff National Park and swimming in Cyprus.

What advice would you give to anyone who is thinking of joining the Army to build a career in STEM?

The Army is not for everyone but it is very broad and there are such a wide range of roles to choose from. I haven’t regretted any decisions I have made. Do lots of research and talk to people in various different roles and cap badges before making any decisions.

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