Ashlin

Ashlin

Project Coordinator,
Construction

What is your advice to girls and women about working in non-traditional roles/ industries?

To do what makes you happy. If you are happy and confident, the fewer questions people ask, and the fewer people are uneasy and unsure of you being a female that works in a non-traditional industry.

What did you want to be or do when you left school?

I wanted to be a dietitian, these are very different industries, and different from what I am working in now. In fact, I started a nutrition and dietetics degree but didn’t finish it.

What subjects did you love or were you good at in school? The coolest things about working in your industry are.

Seeing projects get built and delivered and being on the work site seeing things being built.

Did you know about the industry you now work in before you started?

Not very familiar.

What do you love most about your role?

I love working in project teams and meeting all different types of people to get the job done. I also love the excitement of delivering a project to the end user. 

Were there hobbies or interests that influenced your career?

No.

What are some things that helped in your career?

I started studying project management at a university level and was looking to move into the building/construction industry. I was lucky enough to secure a meeting with a project manager, to gain some direction. She was looking to expand their business and offered me a job on the spot. Working in hospitality for years, I found most managers were male and I believe this led me to be more comfortable challenging them in my current industry. 

What or who has influenced your career journey?

My mum has always been big on “do what makes you happy” and I never felt pressure to settle on one thing. I had moved around industries, predominantly hospitality before going into project management. My current boss has influenced my journey by mentoring me, giving me advice on what study choices I should make and connecting me with people in the industry.

What type of qualifications did you study?

  • Swinburne University, currently studying a Diploma in Project Manager 
  • Certificate III in Business Administration 

What are the types of roles you’ve had?

  • Project Management (part-time) construction
  • Social Media Marketing Manager, hospitality
  • Administration Officer, hospitality
  • Duty Manager, hospitality 

Lastly, how are you making your own mark?

While I work well in my project teams, I can challenge the males I work with by taking control of the conversation, steering them back on track, asking some tough questions and making my presence known. My co-workers say I have the tenacity and do not give up.

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