What are some of the coolest things you like about working in your industry?

I love that the work changes every day. Keeps you on your toes and is always interesting. Also, it is very rewarding seeing the end results of the projects you work on.

Were you familiar with the industry before are you started working in it?

No

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

I really enjoy the team environment I work in. There is a strong sense of comradery that creates a sense of belonging. I have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people with different life experiences and perspectives meaning I am always learning.

What successful strategies have you used that have helped you transition to working in a non-traditional industry?

Approach situations with an open mind. Enter into situations assuming everyone is there with good intentions and work to understand and be sympathetic to other perspectives. Be yourself and be confident in your ability.

How did you get started in your career pathway and what helped you along your career journey?

I started my career as a mechanical engineer in the mining and manufacturing sector, I soon moved to the construction industry.

What or who has influenced your career pathway?

I have been lucky to work with some great leaders in the industry, particularly project managers and project directors. They have been open and demonstrated how they can manage a high demand career without sacrificing on their personal priorities. I have been surrounded by teams of people keen to help me succeed.

In school what subjects did you enjoy most or were good at?

I loved maths. I have dyslexia and always struggled with reading, so I always leaned towards the STEM subjects.

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

Initially, I intended to work in manufacturing, however I moved into construction pretty quickly. I found construction offered more flexibility in work locations. Construction is also very project based, which suits me as I feel like you can really see the progress you are making. I also realised, that I am far better at working with people in solving problems in teams as opposed to the highly technical work sometimes associated with engineering.

Are you able to provide information about your qualifications?

I studied Mechanical Engineering at university and while this did help me get into the industry. Construction management would have also been suitable pathway.

And lastly, we’d love it if you could share how, you are making your own mark?

I love the opportunity to work with up-and-coming people in the industry, helping them succeed. Particularly young women. I like to be able to show them some of the great opportunities in the industry that are available to us. I also enjoy seeing the impact individuals can have on workplace culture. My dog comes to the construction site daily and it’s a small way to impact the culture of the entire team.

 

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Steph

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