Women in Construction Week 2021
Empowering Tips for Pursuing a Career in the Land of Opportunity - Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC)
Posted by Dr. Gokce Ozcelik, Advanced Technology Group (ATG) on March 12, 2021
The AEC industry is celebrating National Women in Construction Week from March 7-13, 2021. Though the industry has more male representation, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has always encouraged more women to break the glass ceiling. Today, women constitute almost 10% of the US construction force (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). However, there are many opportunities for women to explore within the construction industry. If you are a student considering education or training in construction, a young professional trying to make their mark in the AEC industry, or a seasoned professional advancing your career, consider these tips from fellow women in the industry:
Develop a Passion for Continuous Learning
Prioritize investing in yourself by keeping your skills up-to-date. Start learning the latest tools, techniques, and key skills that help your projects. Leveraging online resources, picking up a new skill, or advancing your skills is much easier than before. Learn from seasoned leaders, from your colleagues and friends. Keep learning! Continuous learning will make you more confident and stand out in your organization and the industry.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Don’t Limit Yourself
If you plan to join the construction industry or pursue education and training in construction, do not hesitate. The construction industry is filled with opportunities; there is a perpetual need for new construction and innovation. If you are already in the workforce, motivate yourself to take up that challenging project, get out of your comfort zone, and you will be amazed by how much you will achieve! Speak up about your accomplishments, be proactive, help your teammates, and don’t be afraid to ask for help or seek advice when you need it. Be a go-getter, and the construction industry will always admire your eagerness, dedication, and perseverance.
Be the Change, See the Change
With the digital transformation in construction, innovation is not just a buzzword anymore. We are constantly working to make the existing workflows more efficient. Technology enables construction professionals to do the heavy lifting faster than ever. Which will facilitate the workforce to have more time to design, tinker, innovate, address inefficiencies, and pick up new skills. When you see an opportunity for betterment or advancement, especially with inefficiencies in your current workflows, don’t be afraid to speak up and be the voice of change and innovation.
Reach out to your Network, Meet-Greet, Explore
There are many opportunities within the AEC industry including, architecture, engineering, technology, trades, and academia. To accelerate your career or seek the roles you are interested in, don’t hesitate to reach out to fellow women in construction. Leverage your network to ask for advice and mentorship. Follow the guidance of accomplished leaders in your field. If you are dedicated, your opportunities will be endless.
Give Back to the Next Generations
Support each other and younger generations to encourage them to pursue careers in the AEC industry. This way, you will keep building the future together. Remember the leaders who inspired you in your career? Try to be a mentor to others and inspire them.
Create New Benchmarks
If you would like to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), AEC has many opportunities for you. go for it!
If you would like to specialize in trades, go for it!
There are countless opportunities! Keep your passion for construction alive and follow up on your goals. Strive to surpass your benchmarks.
The construction industry is collaborative, respects, and appreciates talent. As a woman in construction, never question your talent or worth. Instead, make the most of the opportunities in the field.
Be compassionate, curious, confident, bold, and enjoy building what really matters to the communities we live in!