What is your advice to girls and women about working in non-traditional roles/ industries?
Be passionate about the career that you are in whilst continuing to keep true to yourself. Surround yourself with people that will listen to you and support you during your journey. You will have good and bad days and that’s OK, give it your best shot and don’t doubt yourself – you are you and she is amazing.
What are some of the coolest things you like about working in your industry?
Over the years in the industry and the variety of construction roles, I have learnt a lot about the industry and have challenged myself regularly. When I was ‘On the tools’ every day it was various locations that came with different problems to solve. I continue to meet some astonishing and unique people.
What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
Sharing my years of experience within a variety of roles and begin about to inspire others. Listening to other people talk about their journey and how we can learn and improve on what is currently ‘the normal’
What successful strategies have you used that have helped you transition to working in a non-traditional industry?
I am proud to be making a difference in the industry and I’m committed to personally championing Mates in Construction. Their company value aligns with my life motto, ‘Let’s make a difference’. I continue to be part of the ‘change’.
How did you get started in your career pathway and what helped you along your career journey?
During my seniors’ years of high I completed work experience with a local builder and a couple cabinet makers, this allowed me to see if I liked the jobs that I was exposed to. I enrolled at TAFESA pre- vocational course, which was full time for 10 months, this taught and exposed me the basics of what was involved in carpentry. I then applied for the carpentry/joinery apprenticeship with the Master Builders Association. I’m proud to say that I was their first female apprentice. If you had asked me once I completed my apprenticeship that 20 plus years later that I would be a university lecturer. This journey that we are on is an interesting one and make the most of it.
What or who has influenced your career pathway?
I had no idea what I wanted to when completed year 12. Since then, I have had many satisfying opportunities with my construction career journey. I have been surrounded by many people that have wanted me to succeed and have supported and challenged me.
In school what subjects did you enjoy most or were good at?
I attended a country school and thought out my seniors’ years I always timetabled the hands-on subjects as I have dyslexia and working with my hands was easier in Technical studies subjects like – woodwork, metal, plastics and photography, design graphics, automotive and music. In my final senior year, I designed and constructed a four-poster bed with full height wooden turned posts. This is still at the parents’ farmhouse, as the posts are too high to fit in my current house.
And lastly, we’d love it if you could share how you are making your own mark?
In a former role, I worked closely with both construction and industry partners in order to connect and assist my students to become successful construction professionals.