Urszula Myszka Urszula Myszka is a Senior Fuels Technician at Coryton, a leading supplier of bespoke fuels. Driven by its mission to create a better future, Coryton supplies specialist and renewable fuel solutions to a range of forward-thinking customers.

Combining world-leading chemistry, collaborative partnerships and innovation, Coryton is dedicated to developing the most advanced fuel technologies in the world.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I’m a research professional with a Master of Engineering in Chemical Technology, specialising in Fuels.

I studied at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. Having earned my degree, I then started to work for Coryton as a Laboratory Analyst and soon became the UKAS Quality Manager.

When I joined the team at Coryton in 2013, the company was rapidly developing and this provided plenty of opportunities for me to progress my career. I was soon promoted to a Fuels Formulation Scientist. From there, I was promoted again to my current role as a Senior Fuels Technician.

As Senior Fuels Technician, I manage various technical projects including those in the motorsport sector. I work on the development of sustainable liquid fuels and spend a lot of time researching and formulating bespoke fuels to meet customer specifications.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

No, I didn’t. I always knew I would like to work in technology, but I couldn’t choose between mathematics or chemistry as I like both subjects. I then got a place at AGH University, before the final exams, having won a mathematical competition. I could choose any field within the University I wanted. And, at this point, I picked the Faculty of Energy and Fuels in the field of Chemical Technology. On reflection this was a great choice as my current job position requires both, mathematical skills and chemical knowledge.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

As English is my second language, the biggest challenge for me was to break the language barrier at the very beginning of my career. Technical vocabulary is particularly important to get right as you could imagine.
Luckily, I worked with incredibly nice people who helped and supported me. I also read lots of technical articles and standard methods.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

Firstly, as a UKAS Quality Manager in a Lab, I successfully implemented UKAS ISO/IEC 17025. This is an international reference for testing and calibration laboratories wanting to demonstrate their capacity to deliver reliable results.

It was a big step for me as it was something completely new and I was at the very beginning of my career. To achieve it, I had to set up new procedures in the lab to make sure we would comply with the standards. I also received specialist training to learn how to do it and, well, it worked out! This project really helped me to build my confidence at work and I’m really glad to have taken on the challenge.

Alongside this, I’m also very proud of the work I do as technical support in high end car and motorcycle motorsport. It’s such an exciting industry to work in.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

My husband plays such a big role in helping me achieve my success, he’s always believed in me and supported me. He was the one that convinced me to try to find a job in my field, despite the fact I didn’t feel ready at that time.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

Believe in yourself, work hard, be patient and look for different opportunities.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

For sure there are some barriers. I believe the key to overcome them is a ‘can do attitude’. Most successful people are confident and willing to deal with problems or new tasks, rather than complaining or giving up.

What do you think companies can do to support and progress the careers of women working in technology?

Be supportive of working parents and don’t see parental leave, particularly maternity leave, as a barrier or reason to overlook someone for a position or promotion.

Since I joined Coryton, I’ve personally been on maternity leave three times. I’ve received lots of support from the company. We embrace working practices that make the most of the day, including flexible working hours or working from home. In return, I have continued to progress in the company and delivered great work for them in that time.

There are currently only 21 per cent of women working in tech, if you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry?

I would empower women with more self-confidence and bravery to fight for themselves.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech?

For me, the internet is such a valuable source of information. It’s the easiest and fastest way to find what I’m looking for and a great starting point for further research.