16/08/19

Women in Construction on FIRE

RMIT hosted the Females in RMIT Engineering (FIRE) event and invited Civilex Construction Manager Jen Robertson to participate as a guest panellist along with other panel speakers Sarah MacNish, Project Manager from John Holland and Lucy Cuddihy Development Project Manager from Laing O’Rourke.

A frank and candid discussion ensured about women in construction. The aim of the discussion panel was to engage, support and empower female students throughout their engineering education and provide them with educational and networking opportunities with industry, RMIT alumni and fellow students in being more industry-ready.

The panellists shared their personal journey in the construction industry giving attendees an understanding of what it’s like to work in the industry including highlighting its benefits – challenging, rewarding, and building strong relationships – while at the same time being authentic about the real challenges of working in construction such as long hours, high stress and achieving work-life balance.

Jen says, “The FIRE group is a great initiative run by passionate and determined young women. It’s fantastic to see women supporting women in our industry and I’m honoured to have been asked to join the panel. It was refreshing to share our experiences with new engineers trying to decide if construction is for them.”

Thank you to the FIRE team at RMIT for organising the Women in Construction Discussion Panel. A great turnout and perfect opportunity for the audience to hear about women in construction experiences.

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To continue celebrating women in construction, watch our previous video post for International Women’s Day 2019 and career journey article on our Construction Manager Jen Robertson.

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