Dungog High student attends Women in Surveying Day

WOMEN AT WORK: Narelle Underwood the NSW Surveyor General (the first female to hold the position) with Michaela Lawrence from Dungog High School.

WOMEN AT WORK: Narelle Underwood the NSW Surveyor General (the first female to hold the position) with Michaela Lawrence from Dungog High School.

Dungog High School student Michaela Lawrence has peeked through the window of what a career as a surveyor would be like.

The Year 11 student  joined close to 60 Year 10-12 students from around the state in a ‘mini-Olympics’ of surveying activities throughout Sydney's Hyde Park last week.

The Women in Surveying day included tours of the Anzac Memorial and specifically the Soil Collection Project unveiled last year and lunch at Doltone House with surveyors from firms around the state.

The girls heard from surveyors at various stages along the career path from university scholarship students to business owners and the NSW Surveyor General, the first female to hold the role and a “Superstar of STEM”.

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of NSW and Mrs Linda Hurley also attended.

NSW Consulting Surveyors CEO Michelle Blicavs said the Women in Surveying event aimed to give young women an opportunity to learn hands-on about the different roles and opportunities available in surveying.

“Surveying has traditionally been a male-dominated field yet it is a role that women can and do excel at,” she said.

 “There is currently a severe shortage of surveyors in NSW that is set to grow exponentially unless we can encourage young people, and women in particular."

Michaela became interested in surveying after doing work experience with a company last year.