Yulia Ratnikova has recently joined our Sakhalin team as Metrology Engineer and we’re very pleased to have her story included in our series for International Women’s Day today.
"I have been working as a Metrology Engineer for over 12 years now. As a kid, like most people, I didn’t really know what I wanted to be when I grew up but I had a cousin who was fond of technology. I liked to help him and I guess this was how I discovered how much I liked working with equipment and appliances.
I’ve had a varied career working in locations across Russia and have always found my work interesting and versatile. I think that’s what I like the most about it.
I’ve never felt treated any differently because I am a woman, and I’ve worked in some pretty extreme environments. I was once posted on a project in Murmansk, located in extreme northern Russia, beyond the Arctic Circle. What was particularly unusual is that the whole team lived on a ship. I had my own cabin but there was a massive sense of team camaraderie, especially at mealtimes when we all came together to eat in the ship’s galley. I even experienced a polar day during my trip where the sun did not set at all and it was light day and night. The rest of the team was all male but it was a solid team. We all helped each other through any difficulties in order to execute our work within a pretty challenging timescale.
I hope I can continue to achieve professional growth and self-improvement and this year I also plan to learn new languages. In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8th March, I want to wish all women spiritual warmth and love and hope that they also get to experience fulfilling work with supportive colleagues, male or female."