Angela Greenlees is a Graduate Engineer at our Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway Upgrade project in Australia, “I came into a project at a time where I was the only female engineer in the office,” she said.
“I’ve always loved maths and science, and have a great curiosity for how things work and the logic behind processes. The great part about engineering is that you can apply these concepts in a career that also involves building relationships with people, something I definitely enjoyed throughout my hospitality work during high school and university.”
Also in New South Wales, Juanita Rodriguez works at our North Connex project, “I always wanted to be an architect. I was excellent at creating projects on papers, I loved drawing, but over the years I realised that my passion was math and I always had excellent scores at high school, so I decided to combine the two things I liked the most ... and that is how I ended up studying engineering.”
“Lendlease is my second family in which I can count on; there is always someone supporting me so that my professional skills can continue to grow,” Juanita said.
Vanessa Quansah, Senior Civil & Structural Engineer in London said, “I cannot describe the feeling when you have spent time doing calculations and drawings, to then go out on site and see your work as a tangible object.”
“That’s why I love it, you can physically see how your work moulds the world around you, and there is always something new to learn. The calibre of people that work at Lendlease who you can learn from is amazing.”
As part of this, Lendlease representatives have been reaching out to schools to educate students about the opportunities available, and the specific Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects they may need to select if they want to pursue a career in the construction industry.
Juanita said that anyone wanting to follow the construction career path should never give up. “Do not hesitate to go ahead deciding to study engineering. Women have the ability to analyse processes in different ways, by nature we solve problems interact and adapt to new circumstances rapidly. Also, the projects involving engineers have a high positive impact on the quality of life of people.”
Angela Greenlees added, “The women in my university cohort have experienced the same, if not more, success throughout their academic and professional careers as the men. We all have individual strengths that we bring to engineering, and none of these are dependent on our gender identity! I truly encourage you to take a leap into a career that I am sure will give as much joy as it has given me.”
You can learn more about International Women in Engineering Day here.