The decision to undertake an apprenticeship was for me, the beginning of a very diverse & rewarding career. I was able to achieve personal goals that were made available through employment within the building and construction industries both in Australia and overseas.
Where did it all start, In 1994 I signed a Contract of Training as a carpenter-joiner with the Master Builders South Australia as part of what was then called the ‘Master Builders Group Training Scheme’.
I was the ‘Bianco Builders Hardware Apprentice of the Month for June (1997) and I had just completed my training at TAFE SA several months earlier.
My apprenticeship was finalized in August 1998, and I was proud to be a qualified tradeswoman. With my new qualification in hand, I spent a year travelling around the USA and Canada, broadening my horizons before returning to Australia in 1999.
Who would have thought that completing my apprenticeship in 1998 would lead me to become a lecturer at the University of South Australia, teaching Construction Management!? I am privileged to share over 25 years of ‘hands-on’ experience in residential, commercial, and civil projects with my students and help attract more women to look at the diverse careers available in the construction industry.
In my role as a former lecturer, I worked closely with both construction and industry partners in order to assist my students to become successful construction professionals themselves.
I do not consider myself a natural academic student, however, in 2021 I proudly completed my Graduate Diploma in Education Studies – Digital Learning. That year I was also privileged to be on the cover of SA Builder Magazine (winter edition) with the title ‘From Apprentice to University Lecturer’. Who would have thought that……….. Not Me.
Anything is possible when you are on a pathway that you love. You have nothing to lose, give it a go.