Nelly Appertey

Nelly Appertey

Studied: Electrical Engineering at Kumasi Technical University

Logical Reasoning Score: 86%

Engineering Exam Score: 83%

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
War Room
Your preferred superpower
To save lives
Your greatest fear:
To make wrong choices and let go of opportunities
You have just won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’ll buy?
I will invest in my hair business and buy landed properties.
Where in Ghana did you grow up?
I was born in Somanya in the Eastern Region but I grew up in Takoradi in the Western Region with my auntie and her family because I lost my parents at an early age. I have 2 brothers and a sister.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My profound childhood memories were when I visited my grandmother during vacations in my hometown and played with other cousins who came to visit.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Ghana today?
There is a gap between industry and academia; the industries are looking for specific skills and training from students which are not taught by our conventional educational institutions.
The instability in dollar rate and the consistent raising of exchange rates of foreign currencies pose a problem for the industries.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Resilient, smart, empathetic, an analytical thinker and ready and willing to learn.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
In the coming years, I would like to rise through the ranks and take up a managerial position in a challenging engineering organization that offers diverse opportunities and exposure.
I would love to work wherever my expertise will be needed and where I can learn – whether that is offshore or onshore. I would love to own my own company as well.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is my mum. While she was alive she used to inspire me to aim higher and become a prominent person. This has become a constant reminder to strive to achieve the best.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far is being part of this year’s Field Ready Programme. It is a huge privilege and opportunity to be on board.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I decided to study engineering in order to bridge the gap of women in engineering to men and also to mentor and encourage young girls into studying STEM programs.
Engineering has been a male dominated profession and this scares young girls from enrolling into engineering programs. Engineering has developed my analytical thinking prowess and made me a problem solver.
How would you encourage young people in Ghana to study engineering?
I want to mentor young girls and encourage them to study STEM programmes. I would do this by periodically visiting Senior and Junior High Schools to talk to them on how engineering is making the world better from its technological advancement and innovations.