Celebrating Women in Construction; Liz Fell, ModularWalls
Of all the frontiers we have crossed, construction still remains a largely male-dominant industry. For International Women’s Day 2018, we celebrated three Women in Construction who are showing Australia that there is an equal industry workforce on the horizon; including our very own Liz Fell, Project Manager at ModularWalls.
Q. What drew you to work in construction?
Liz: I like understanding how things work, and why they work. Construction is the ultimate puzzle – how do I deliver a solution to a problem, in the fastest, most appropriate and cost-effective way? Every day is different, and there are always challenges to navigate. But it’s incredibly satisfying when you see the finished product!
Q. How do you find working in construction? Does it still feel like a male-dominated work environment?
Liz: It does sometimes! But I love it. Following a career in engineering, I always knew I would sometimes be the only female in the room – and it does not bother me at all. As I said above – everyone has a job to do, and I do this to the best of my ability.
Q. Are there barriers facing women in construction today?
Liz: There are some – like not having the type of uniform you require in women’s sizing, yet. And you do still get some people who won’t take you seriously, but it’s the minority; most people don’t take a second glance.
Q. Are these barriers why there are still so few women in the industry?
Liz: They may contribute; however, I think more females just need to be told at an earlier age that they can do anything and have a fulfilling career in construction. The image of the industry is that it’s full of ‘blokey-blokes’ and sexism – it isn’t! It can be a lot of fun seeing a design come to fruition and building something long-lasting and meaningful.
Q. How do you personally approach these barriers?
Liz: A person is a person — whether they’re male or female. I treat everyone the same, no matter what sex they are or where they come from. At the end of the day, we all have a job to do – offer the best service, be the most helpful to our clients to give them the best solution and deliver an on-time and on-budget project.
Q. Do you have hopes for the future of the construction workforce?
Liz: I have hope – I would like to see more young women in construction and STEM fields. I think that the industry is heading this way – every year there are more females making headway.
Q.Do you have any advice for women struggling to ‘fit in’ or feel welcome in the industry?
Liz: Just be yourself – at the end of the day, people are people. You can only be judged on what you do, not other people.
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