What are some of the coolest things you like about working in your industry?
Being hands on and learning lifelong skills.
What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
Being a part of a great crew, working together with other trades, and watching a site take shape.
What successful strategies have you used that have helped you transition to working in a non-traditional industry?
Researching the industry, asking tradies in my chosen field what a typical day involves, and keeping fit. I’ve always been a tomboy, so working with blokes never really fussed me.
How did you get started in your career pathway and what helped you along your career journey?
Meeting like-minded people after school. I have always tried to surround myself with positive people who have supported me on my journey.
What or who has influenced your career pathway?
A female friend who introduced the possibility of becoming a tradie lady, my Dad for introducing me to hand tools and power tools, my field officer Toni for supporting me through my apprenticeship, my first tradesman Simon for taking the time to teach me about the industry, and my husband Nick for his unconditional love, patience and support.
In school what subjects did you enjoy most or were good at?
Maths, English and PE.
What did you want to be or do when you left school. How does this compare with where you are now?
I had no idea when I left school, so I’m thankful I met my mate Cheree in Darwin who told me she wanted to learn a trade. I love that secondary schools now offer VET courses to their students as a pathway into the industry.
Are you able to provide information about your qualifications, this helps others seeking information about careers in your industry.
White card, open registration (structured cabling, coax and fibre endorsements), scissor lift, vertical lift, working safely at heights.
What advice would you give to others (girls/women) about following careers in non-traditional industries?
Go for it! If it interests you, do your research to find out the best pathway for you. There are so many people ready to help you on your way. “Believe that you can and you’re halfway there”. Check out Born to Build.
And lastly, we’d love if you could share how you are making your own mark?
I have recently had the privilege of being employed at Master Builders in their Born to Build program to promote the building and construction industry to school students, to inspire them to check out the diverse pathways into the industry, and to support them on their journey.