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As part of the #BuildingEquality Campaign, Glorence Makharinge, Site Engineer with Marlet Property Group shares her story.
I currently work as a Site Engineer for Marlet Property Group in Dublin. To have secured a position in a team that develops excellent infrastructure and seeing the importance and impact of infrastructure in advancing livelihoods and society socio-economically is a source of pride, and that has always been my dream.
This position came shortly after I had completed a full time MBA (Project Management) program at Dublin Business School, having been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Irish Aid.
Prior to this, I obtained an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Universiti Teknologi Pretrona, in Malaysia – also through a fully funded scholarship awarded by Petronas. At that time, I was not aware that the field was male-dominated. What I did know however, was that I had to find a way to contribute to the making of these structures – that is where my passion for construction stemmed from.
I then obtained practical experience as a Graduate Civil Engineer at an Engineering consulting firm in South Africa, this is when I realized the field was largely male-dominated and found that as a woman you are given more opportunities than the male counterparts. My biggest achievement in the role was providing technical support and project management for road asset management project (S’hamba Sonke) rolled out by National Department of Transport throughout South Africa.
I am motivated by the thrill of leaving a legacy in my work. That is, working on an infrastructure project and years later look back and knowing that I have made a mark.
Though the field has fewer women, if you are going to be excellent in this field, you will be excellent because of what you have done not because you happened to have done it as a woman.
I have leveraged a lot from my skill set, my previous work experience and my recent pursuit of an MBA which is equipping me with the relevant skill to become an industry leader in construction – this is why I encourage more women to pursue careers in the construction sector because we are capable. The time is now!
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