Case Study: Laura Aguiyi
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke to women across the business about their role at ENGIE, why women should be excited about working in the Facilities Management, Energy and Regeneration sectors and their top tips for women looking to embark on a career in this area.
We spoke to Laura Aguiyi, Head of Legal in our Business Energy & Services team, about why there’s no typical day in her role and why it’s important to understand the bigger picture.
When did you join the business?
What does a typical day in your role look like?
There is no such thing! My role requires me to support the business’ needs so my day is often dependant on what they are.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
Finding the right balance between my role as Head of Legal and my role as a new mother. This requires me to always be focused and ensure that both are given the right level of attention, which can be a challenge to my multi-tasking skills!
What do you love most about your job?
The constant challenge. We have greatly evolved since I joined and as well as keeping my job interesting, it has provided me with amazing opportunities.
What are the most important skills and abilities required in your role?
Understanding the big picture and being able to balance any potential risk against the reward.
Why should someone be excited about starting a role in Energy, Services or Regeneration?
Because of the revolution that the industry has gone through, and continues to go through, as well as the strength of the ENGIE Group, which continues to evolve.
What is your proudest moment at work?
When I was promoted to Head of Legal.
What inspired you to pursue a career with ENGIE?
As I had been working in the energy industry, ENGIE had a great presence in a vast range of areas, and I was particularly interested in the district heating part of the business as I had not worked in that area before. Once I joined, I came across some amazing people that I could continue to learn so much from. I really believe that ENGIE is uniquely positioned in the UK to deliver energy and services.
What do you like the most about working for ENGIE?
The people. Everyone is approachable and you genuinely feel that you’re working as a team.
What is the most important piece of advice you have ever been given?
Focus on the solution and not the problem! Words to live by.
What would be your top tip for women considering a career in this industry?
If you want a healthy work/life balance, want to work for an organisation that encourages and promotes women, as well as be involved in some interesting and innovative work, ENGIE is the place for you. Don’t ever feel that something is not achievable or that there are barriers that you cannot break. One important thing I have learnt since becoming a mother is that as women, we are a lot stronger than we think we are!