As part of the #BuildingEquality 2018 Campaign, Emilia Dan, Site Manager with Ardmac shares her story as a woman in construction.
I chose a career in construction because I believe in this industry you are able to see immediate results from your hard work, there are more opportunities available within the industry and around the world. Everyday there is something new to learn. I can show my skills within this industry.
I was raised to believe that there were no limits to what I could achieve. Because of this, I always felt I could voice my opinion and stand my ground in any situation, and I’ve always been confident in my own abilities.
My role model in my life is my father. My father taught me that in life you must take things step by step to get to where you want to be. When I started to work in construction I did not have anyone as a role model, but I hope that I can be a role model for other women who would like to start a career in construction. I’d love to see more women at the top, balancing out the leadership of our industry, and I certainly want some female colleagues up there to aspire to be.
We can attract more women into the industry and with a concerted effort from key industry players there is every chance the tide will turn, and more women will view a career in construction as a great one. Providing clear opportunities for development and training would also help to reduce gender gaps and celebrating the successes of women in the industry, we can make construction a more respected and inclusive sector for all.
To learn more about the #BuildingEquality campaign and to share your own story, please visit our dedicated #BuildingEquality page here