As part of the #BuildingEquality 2019 Campaign, Sarah McDonnell, Head of Interiors with Ardmac, shares her story as a woman in construction.
As the only girl with five brothers, living in a male dominated environment has always been natural for me. I began my career in the construction industry almost 25 years ago when I landed a job as a Site Engineer. I loved being on site and there started a passion for finish and interiors.
I worked from ground level to project executive and most recently to my role today with Ardmac as Head of Interiors. I have been lucky to be surrounded by role models both business based and family. For me, role models reflect dedication and hard work – whether at home or in work. Getting the balance right is something I have been taught, and with small children it is important, I hope to pass that work ethic to my own family.
I believe we network well as females within in the industry as we understand the challenges and have that common bond. While I do feel we continue to make positive movement in relation to equality, we need to work to support the next generation of young people aspiring to work in the industry by continuing to push the agenda nationally as well as through STEM subjects at national school level
To learn more about the #BuildingEquality campaign and to share your own story, please visit our dedicated #BuildingEquality page here