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Name: Kelsey G.
Company: Shook Construction
Title/Position: Project Superintendent
Years Working in Construction: 9 years
What was your path to a career in construction?
I was always interested in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields throughout school. I had a hard time deciding in college, so I ended pursuing (two) bachelor’s degrees, one in architecture and one in construction management. My first internship in construction was what sold me on my career path. I enjoy being out in the field and watching the building come to life. I enjoy being able to help solve questions and concerns that come up while building, as well as communicate with architects to make sure their envisioned design is being put into place.
What do you like most about working in construction?
Working with the field crew and being able to watch a building come to life from the ground up. I like helping solve the issues that come up on a jobsite and work with the trades, designers, and owners.
Have you seen changes for women in construction over the course of your career?
I think there are ample opportunities for anyone who wants to join the industry. There are trade school opportunities to test out different aspects, as well as after school programs focusing on architecture, construction and engineering. Over the last several years, PPE and construction clothing to accommodate women has grown (and still needs to grow), but is on the right track. Seeing women on the jobsites is increasing as well as seeing them in high school programs and majoring in construction degrees in college. It’s inspiring to see and I know the industry will continue to grow.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in construction?
If you are interested in working in the field, with tools, or being on the management teams, then go for it! The industry needs more talented young people to join and it’s a rewarding career that provides a good living for anybody. You can reach this career with or without a college degree and still receive essential training and important life skills, while receiving a paycheck. I’ve never thought of construction as a “man’s job”, rather it’s an industry that needs people who are passionate and willing to work hard.