“If you don't seek it, you won't see it. If you don't think it, you won't be it” - Beyonce ‘Break My Soul’

Not sure of the types of careers available in non-traditional industries, subjects or courses to take? Or looking for career inspiration post-school or tertiary studies or seeking a totally new career direction? Then look no further!

We’ve done the hard yards and asked inspiring women working in non-traditional industries some of those burning questions; about their journeys, the coolest things about their industries, what influenced their career paths, what they really wanted to do post-school, and their advice to girls and women wanting to follow a similar pathway in industries like:

infrastructure, space, defence, manufacturing, engineering, cyber/IT/ technology, construction, gaming, sports and politics

Check out inspiring videos and read inspiring stories below.

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Choosing a career path in male-dominated industries doesn’t mean a rocky road ahead. There are plenty of women who have paved the path before you and are making their mark.

To help girls and women see the many careers and pathways available, we interviewed inspiring women about their own careers, and their advice to girls and women looking at careers in non-traditional industries. 

Daisy

Quantity Surveyor
Construction & Property

Gypsy

Football Player
South Australian National Football League

Michelle

Process Engineer – Analyst Consultant
Water, Waste Engineering Consulting

Amanda

Field Officer
Building and Construction

Catherine

Innovation Consultant
Business

Stephanie

Site Engineer
Construction

Elizabeth

Apprentice
Bricklayer

Amy

IT Service Lead
Automotive

Lavinia

Patrol
Automotive

Manvi

Lecturer & Spatial Scientist
Academia and Government

Chloe

Line Operator/Production
Manufacturing

Emma

Business Owner Consultant
Manufacturing

Heimy

Graduate (Civil) Engineer
Engineering and Construction

Steph

National Decarbonisation & Energy Transition Senior Manager
Energy, Mining and Property

Luisa

Senior Project Manager
Civil and Architectural Engineer

Shena

Program Lead – Space Systems Engineering
Space and Engineering

Anna-Clare

Experienced
in Construction
Emma

Emma

Aerobatic Charter Pilot / Operations Manager,
Aviation
Rebekah Little

Rebekah

Game Designer,
Game Design
Sarah

Sarah

Engineer,
Road and Infrastructure
Lucy

Lucy

Project Manager,
Construction
Katrina

Katrina

OAM, Director and Founder,
Sports and Leadership
Bronwyn Merce

Bronwyn

Cybersecurity Architect,
Technology
Laura

Laura

Operations Engineer,
Energy (Oil & Gas)
Isabelle

Isabelle (they/them)

Academic Researcher,
Mathematics and Climate Science

Letisha

2nd year Carpentry Apprentice,
Construction
Tahlia Caviezel

Tahlia

ANZ Supply Planner,
Manufacturing
Stasia

Stasia

Senior Procurement Consultant,
Mining
Kelly

Kelly

Managing Director,
Mining and Resources
Ashlin

Ashlin

Project Coordinator,
Construction
Bettina

Bettina

Manager Supply Chain Development,
Government (energy, mining, defence, infrastructure, health and other sectors)
Angela DiFabio

Angela

Innovation Manager,
Technology Industry
Brianna Wedding

“Be yourself because no one else can do that”

 Brianna Wedding, Captain SANFLW South Adelaide Football Club