On Saturday I shared my trade story of how I came to hold the position in our company that I do. I really just fell into construction, even though I had essentially been around it all my life. I had never really considered that I could make a profession out of the construction industry, especially after growing up in a time when women were really not accepted on the building site. My Dad, who was a plasterer, would take me to the job on a Saturday when he knew that no-on else would be there, and I would help him tidy up the site. I loved it, but never thought it could become my career.
An interest is a great thing to base a career on, lets have a look at the many and varied roles in which women can play a part in construction.
Women In Construction – Where Could You Fit?
There are so many ways in which women can make a career within the construction industry. First and foremost within the trades. Interested in any of the following?
- Machine Opperator
- Fascia and Gutter Installer
- Pest Controller
- Cabinet Maker
And I am sure there are many more! So you’ve identified one of these that sounds like something you’d like to do………what next? Well the path for you is no different than that for your male counterpart. You’ll need to find a host employer, someone who is prepared to take you on. Now this may be a little more difficult for us as women still, but I assure you there are host employers who realise the value of women in the workplace. Consider contacting a training organisation and see if there is a way for them to help you, approach the people you know in your chosen profession, get out the phone book or google all the plumbers or carpenters in your area and try to negotiate yourself an apprenticeship. Don’t forget, before you are allowed on a work site you will be required to have a white card, this is an industry standard that gears your thinking towards health and safety on the job, start with this to show that you are serious.
Not so sure about the real hands on trades, have you considered any of the following?
- Interior Designer
- Interior Decorator
- Building Designer
- Building Certifier
- Project Manager
- Kitchen or Bathroom Designer
- Office Manager
- Data Entry
- Personal Assistant
These professions are all based in the construction industry and require a university education or education from a recognised training organisation. A little less hands on than the trades listed above, these may be a great alternative for those of us who love the construction industry but prefer to work at more of a distance from the site, although a lot of these professions will still require regular site visits.
Then of course you could be like myself and fall into the industry as the wife of a tradie. I have built a successful independent career out of an opportunity that landed in my lap.
Many opportunities exist for women in construction, if this is an industry you are really interested in, I recommend you give it a go. The reward of being a part of building someone dreams, are priceless.
Have you ever considered working in the construction industry? Are you a female working in construction? I’d love to hear your story, please get in touch.
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