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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Heald

Climbing the Construction Ladder: Let's Break Some Ground, Ladies!

Hey there!

Let's dive into something a tad unconventional today (not that it should be...)—women making big moves in construction.

Yeah, you heard that right. Construction! It's not all hard hats and steel-toed boots; it's also about breaking barriers and cementing your place in what’s traditionally been a man's world. And guess what? It's totally doable.

So, you're thinking about or maybe already navigating your way through the construction industry jungle, aiming for those high-flying roles, right? Dreaming of becoming the next big CEO with a hard hat as part of your signature look? Love that for you! Ladies in construction, let’s talk about how we can smash some ceilings—glass, concrete, or otherwise.

First Things First: You Do You

Okay, let’s keep it real. The construction zone can feel a bit like a boys' club at times. But here’s the thing—being a woman in this field? It’s actually your superpower. It's all about rocking up, being your amazing self, and showing them how it's done. The key? Confidence. And if you’re not feeling it just yet, fake it 'til you make it because let's be honest, we are all winging it. Confidence is like a muscle—the more you flex it, the stronger it gets.

From Blueprint to Boss Lady

Career progression in construction (or anywhere, really) isn't a straight line. It’s more like navigating through a maze... blindfolded... on a unicycle. But hey, who doesn’t love a challenge? Your journey up the ladder is about being bold, adaptable, and ready to show 'em what you're made of.

Breaking the Mold, Not Fitting In It

Here’s a little nugget of truth: you might hold yourself back without even realising it. Maybe it’s the fear of stepping out of line or worrying about not fitting the 'mold.' But guess what? It’s time to smash that mold into a million pieces. Construction needs your unique perspective, your ideas, and yes, your determination to rise to the top.

Speak Up, Stand Out

One thing I can't stress enough—make yourself heard. Got an idea? Share it. Have a suggestion? Speak up. This industry is all about innovation, and your voice is crucial. Remember, every big construction project started with a single idea. Why shouldn't yours be the next game-changer?

Ladies in Construction - Let's Lead the Change

Now, onto creating a space where everyone feels like they belong. It starts with us—yes, you and me. By being in construction, we’re already challenging the status quo. Let’s take it a step further by paving the way for the next generation of women in this field. Mentor, support, and cheer on your fellow hard-hat heroines. The goal? To not just climb the career ladder but to extend it down to those coming up behind us.

And Finally... Celebrate Every Win

Big or small, every victory counts. Finished a project? Celebrate. Nailed a presentation? Do a little happy dance. It's about enjoying the journey, not just the destination. And hey, if you want to post that selfie with your latest construction masterpiece in the background, you go for it. If we don't cheer for ourselves, who will?

Wrapping Up with Some Concrete Advice

Stepping into the construction world is stepping into a realm of endless possibilities. It's challenging, sure, but oh, is it rewarding. Remember, it's not just about building structures; it's about building your path, your career, and yes, your legacy.

So, here’s to us—women in construction. We're not just part of the industry; we're here to redefine it. Let’s grab our hard hats, roll up our sleeves, and show the world what we're made of. After all, if we can navigate a construction site, we can navigate anything. Let’s get building, ladies!

And if you like this, male sure you subscribe to The Heald Approach Podcast where we are spotlighting women in construction in partnership with The Facade Collective.

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