PUBLISHED: 10:15, Wed, Sep 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:18, Wed, Sep 30, 2020
Steph McGovern, 38, was speaking on podcast Out with Suzi Ruffell when she made the revelation that growing up in Middlesbrough showed her the financial benefits of working in a male dominated industry. The BBC presenter admitted that at school she was always driven by “money", considering a job in engineering to pay the bills.
I was always following the money
Steph said of her school days: “We were sponsored by industry, so even though it was a tough school, we had really amazing facilities.
“We were constantly taken out to businesses to be shown how the world of work actually works.
“So that for me was amazing because I could see jobs and I thought, ‘Oh I really like engineering’ because there is a lot of industry in Middlesbrough, and there’s lots of money you can make out of it because not many women do it and just things like that.
“So I was always kind of following the money, and following where I saw opportunity,” she added.
Steph detailed how early in her career she would often pursue financial reward and had to “graft” (Image: WENN/GETTY)
The BBC presenter admitted that at school she was always driven by “money", considering a job in engineering to pay the bills (Image: GETTY)
The TV star admitted that although she had high ambitions, she struggled with exams.
Steph continued: “I love science and maths, and things at school but I wasn’t naturally good at it.
“I had to really graft like, my physics A level was probably the worst thing ever in my life.”
Before joining BBC Breakfast back in In 1998, at the start of her sixth form studies, Steph won an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship for her potential to be a future leader in the engineering industry.
At the age of just 19 years old, Steph was awarded 'Young