In school maths, technical graphics ( DCG) and art inspired me to pursue my career. Product design is a blend of all three allowing me to be creative, technical and engineering at the same

To mark International Women’s Day here in our Institute were have interviewed a sample of the many wonderful women that form part of our community to share their story of what the day means to them.

Katie Hardiman - Product Design Associate – CISD – Centre of Industrial Service and Design - AIT


What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It is an acknowledgement of female achievements over the past 100 years or so and a reminder of how far we have come in our pursuit of equality and women’s rights. It is a day to encourage women to continue to pursue our goals no matter how little they may be.

Can you tell us about your own role in AIT and a little about your background?

I am a Product Designer working with start-ups and Industry for the past 3 and half years in AIT. I work mostly with advanced SLA 3D printers and CAD software to help clients create prototypes and final products before mass manufacturing.

What do you think we can be doing to inspire and encourage more young people?

Paid skilled traineeships to help young people gain experience and skills when seeking part-time jobs and also more paid full-time graduate positions must be made available in the industry to take on less experienced graduates, the youth will never learn if the industry isn’t willing to teach. The days of unpaid intern positions must be eradicated as we will continue to lose our young intelligent population to other countries if it continues.

What women have had the greatest Impact on your life, and why?

My mother told me that continued hard work will always eventually pay off in the end and she was right, mothers are always right!. I also have a great group of well-educated friends all of which are working hard to achieve their goals and they always give the right advice and guidance no matter what the situation is. They know who they are.

What is your greatest achievement in work to date?

Being able to see products go from a scribble on a page to market. It is a great sense of achievement.

What inspired you to pursue your career?

In school, I loved maths, technical graphics (DCG) and art.Product design was a blend of all 3 allowing me to be creative, but also very technical and engineering at the same time.

What do I want most for the women of tomorrow?

If we could follow Iceland and make the move for it to be illegal to be paid less than our male peers.

What advice will you give to your younger self?

Never settle for anything less than you deserve

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