What is your current Job Title or Role?
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
From my experience in the construction industry, I would advise young women to not be afraid. I can remember feeling out of my depth and embarrassed to speak up about my ideas in a room full of men for the first few weeks that I joined. I don't have a lot of experience in the construction sector at all and so I was scared to voice the wrong ideas; however, I have learnt to become more assured in my opinions and slowly but surely my fear is fading with time. The only thing I can really say to young women is that mistakes will be made but don't be afraid to speak up.
How did you get to where you are today?
My career as a project administrator is very premature at the moment. I started my career working as a management trainee at a car rental company as I have a passion for managing projects, teams and seeing results. This drive to multi-task and get jobs done stems from my childhood where I will openly say I had a reputation for being "bossy" but I just see it as getting the job done. I was captain of the football team in my youth and was an active member of the debating team throughout my secondary education. These male dominated groups have shaped me to become more assertive and be unashamedly myself. I am active in my free time politically, where I have a dream to become a MP in the future. Interestingly, it was because of my planning, drive and leadership skills during a campaign session that got the attention of the director of the company I now work for. I was very daunted at the prospect at becoming a project administrator as I have not had any experience in the construction sector before or working for an SME but as time has gone on, I have become dedicated to my role and learnt an incredible amount about the industry I am in.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
My role is an all encompassing job. As well as ensuring the administration for projects are completed and the sites adhere to health and safety standards, I also manage the social media sites, attend networking events, ensure the implementation of ISO standards and various HR duties. My day to day planning varies due to the various projects that are active, ending or starting; time management and prioritising is essential to my role as well as maintaining the standards set my the top management.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
The reason I have become inspired to continue my career in STEM is because of the lack of diversity; I believe every role in every sector is very important whether you be an engineer, a receptionist or an administrator. The reason I was inspired initially however is because I cannot think of a single female who works for STEM and is alive. Maybe it is because I haven't done the research but I think it is also because women are not praised enough in society for the work they do in STEM.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the hands-on duties that I get to do, inspecting sites in order to see if they adhere to health and safety standards is a favourite of mine. Hearing about the challenges that face the team on sites and of course seeing skylines on top of scaffolding.
What do you like to do outside work?
I am very active politically, so I spend a lot of time canvassing and trying to make my city the best it can be. I also spend a lot of my time writing poetry and novellas as well as reading any book I can get my hands on! My front room is currently half a library. I also spend a lot of time national trusting, walking on the moors and running every night.