Jennifer began her construction career in 2017. Initially, she wanted to go in to the Human Resources and get a PhD in Human Resources Management. Before deciding to go into construction, Jennifer did her research by weighing the pros and cons of learning a trade or going to traditional college. "Traditional college is expensive and there is no guarantee of getting a job in the field you study," said Jennifer. "Trade careers are affordable and, when you graduate, you are not only skilled in a specific area, you are in demand."
What has been the most surprising part of being a woman working in the construction industry?
The most surprising part of the work I do is the work environment and the people I work around. This is a male dominated trade and even though I have not been in the field long, I have had great Journeymen and Foremen around me. I am thankful to be treated fairly and given opportunity to grow. The biggest challenge I have faced is getting up really early and working long hours. I am used to it now, but it was challenging in the beginning.
What s your favorite part of the career you have chosen?
My favorite part of what I do is meeting people from all walks of life. I enjoy learning and being challenged at all levels. I have experienced the underside of the trade through groundwork, dangerous environments/surroundings, and dealing with difficult personalities. These challenges help me to grow every day and become a master of my trade.
"I have had the great pleasure of being around good and respectful individuals that are willing to teach and share their knowledge. I’m sure I may encounter inequality one day, but I am confident that I can handle these situations professionally if/when they arise."