Building a Brighter Future: Celebrating Women in Construction Week

7th March 2024

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Building a Brighter Future: Celebrating Women in Construction Week

Did you know 37% of new UK construction professionals from higher education are women?Among them are Dina and Abigail, new graduates who are making waves in this traditionally male-dominated industry. As part of our Women in Construction series, we’re excited to highlight these rising stars who are taking their first steps towards building a brighter future in construction.

Dina, an Architectural Technologist and Abigail, a Building Surveyor are two recent graduates embarking on their construction journeys through our graduate program. Passionate to move forward with their careers and fuelled by a shared love for innovation and a relentless drive to succeed, they’re eager to learn and contribute to the industry.

Q: Dina, Can you explain your role as an Architectural Technologist?

Dina: “As an Architectural Technologist, I am actively involved in the construction process. I ensure technical accuracy, troubleshoot any technical hurdles, create precise blueprints using software like AutoCAD, REVIT and Sketchup and collaborate with contractors and Project Managers to ensure a smooth project that meets all requirements.”

Q: Abigail, Can you explain your role as a Building Surveyor?

Abigail: “Building surveyors are the experts in building. They act as advisors on pretty much everything related to a building’s life cycle, from design and construction to maintenance and repair.”

Q: How did you get started in the construction industry?

Dina: “It all started with a simple question: how do buildings come to life? As a child, I was fascinated by the design process and the technical details behind structures. When I discovered Architectural Technology, it felt like a lightbulb moment. It offered the perfect blend of my creative spirit and fascination with buildings’ intricate workings.”

Abigail: “My dad, who was an engineer, encouraged me to explore engineering as a potential career option and even arranged for me to visit work sites to learn more about it. Seeing first-hand the projects his drawings brought to life deepened my fascination”.

Q: What obstacles did you face when pursuing a career in construction?

Dina: “Initially, some of my family, friends and school teachers were not particularly supportive of my choice. However, I knew their scepticism stemmed from a lack of awareness about the potential career opportunities within the industry. Deep down, I believed in the incredible opportunities that awaited me.”

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Dina: “The most rewarding aspect is witnessing a project transform from concept to reality. It’s fulfilling to know that I played a part in creating something that will stand the test of time. Receiving positive feedback, such as securing planning permission for a client, adds an extra layer of satisfaction to my journey.”

 Abigail: “I enjoy the variety of the day. I like being in the office some of the time and then being out on-site at other times. It keeps the working week exciting, and I enjoy meeting new people”.

Q: Have you faced any challenges as a woman in a male-dominated industry?

Dina: “There have been moments where I’ve felt a flicker of self-doubt, often being the youngest and only woman on the project team. However, with each project, I gain valuable experience and confidence.

Q: What do you think can be done to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for women in construction?

Dina: “The construction industry is becoming more diverse, and I see more talented women taking on leadership roles. While there is still room for improvement, these positive developments are encouraging. By showcasing successful young women in construction, we can inspire the next generation to shatter stereotypes and explore this rewarding career path.”

Abigail:  “As a woman in construction, I’ve encountered individuals who question my career choice and resort to making assumptions or even disrespectful comments. This experience highlights the need for continued efforts to promote and normalise women’s presence in the industry. By increasing visibility and showcasing the diverse range of women making significant contributions to the field, we can challenge the perception of construction as an exclusively male domain.”

Q: Can you tell us about your experience at MacConvilles?

Dina: At MacConvilles, I’m surrounded by a supportive and encouraging team, creating a positive work environment that fuels my overall job satisfaction. Finding the right company culture and values can make all the difference in one’s career journey.

Abigail: MacConvilles has given me responsibility from day one, which has really helped me find my place in the company. My manager and mentor are very supportive and even encouraged me to take the lead on a project, which I’m really grateful for.

Q: What advice do you have for those considering a career in construction?

Dina: Construction is not just for men. It offers opportunities and possibilities for anyone with passion, dedication, and a willingness to learn. Don’t be discouraged by preconceived notions.

Abigail: Just go for it! If it’s something you’re interested in, just do it and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. I was the only girl on my university course but I persevered and I’m pleased I did. Also, I would say you’re not always getting cold and dirty on site; there are many other roles to be done.

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