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

It could be the best decision you make. In the time I have been in the industry things have changed drastically already and are continuing to improve. When I first tried to buy a pair of safety pants with reflective strips to work on site, I ended up having to buy a pair of pants tailored for men that were uncomfortable and horrible to wear. There just were not any options out there for females. But now there are more and more options each day. This may seem like something small, but these small changes create an inclusive culture. With more women entering non-traditional industries, the demand for a culture of equality increases. You are the change this industry needs.

Were you familiar with the industry you now work in before you started?

No

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

Being able to see the projects that you have worked on actually come to life and be used to improve the lives of multiple people every day.

What do you love most about the work that you do?

A great mix of on-site and office work with a large focus on networking.

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

I wanted to be an environmental engineer and that is what I majored in at university however, once I started in the industry this evolved into the best outcome for me personally. During university I had a placement with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport and this is where my passion for traffic engineering and road safety started to develop. I now work in a mix between traffic engineering and construction verification which splits my time, equally between an office and a construction site.

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

Making the effort to join in on social activities. I have found that the more relationships I have built with my co-workers, the easier the transition has become. At the end of the day we are all humans and everyone wants to be able to say they like their job and enjoy catching up with their co-workers each day.

What or who has influenced your career pathway?

So many people have influenced my career pathway and I feel really fortunate to have known such amazing people. A couple of teachers in high school helped me identify the right career for me but then after that I had some amazing mentors that helped guide me through university. Two people in particular were my managers from when I was working part time in a hardware store. They would swap my shifts around to make sure I was getting enough time to study for exams and would constantly check in on me to see if I was stressed out and needed more support whilst still encouraging my growth within the store as well. But the most important influences that kept me going through every stage is my mum and my sister, strong women that inspire me every day and I would be lost without them.

In school what subjects did you enjoy most?

The tech subjects for sure. Woodwork, metalwork, plastics and energy tech. They were hands on subjects that were fun and enjoyable but also taught me how things work and how simple processes can be used in our daily lives.

What type of qualifications do you have.

I have a Bachelor of Engineering Civil (Hons).

Lastly, how are you making your own mark?

I believe I am making my own mark by doing my best each day. Sometimes the way to equality is simply by doing the best job you can do and encouraging others to do the same.

 

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