As part of Procore’s Hard Hat Highway tour, my colleague, Carey Larson had the chance to sit down with Lyndsay Woods, Marketing Coordinator at Harvey Builders. Working from one of Harvey’s Austin, TX jobsites, Lyndsay discussed how she was drawn into the construction field and shared the advice she would give to a young woman looking to pursue a career in construction.
Q: How did you initially get into construction?
When my dad wasn’t teaching or coaching high school, he was a roofer. I spent a lot of time on the roof with him in the summers. Throughout high school and college, I found myself working in hardware stores where I was surrounded by a lot of people in the construction industry. After graduation, I came across a job post as a Marketing Coordinator for a general contractor and it seemed to match what I wanted to do.
Q: What do you find most exciting about the field? Most challenging?
I really enjoy getting to know the superintendents, field engineers, and foreman. But because of my schedule and the field employee’s schedules, it is hard to get out to the job site as much as I would like to. It’s exciting for me to see a building go from a proposal that I helped put together, to something concrete that people will utilize for years to come.
Q: Do you currently have a mentor or have you had one in the past? If yes, how has this changed your professional development?
I have had a formal mentor as well as informal mentors in the past. Most of these are from Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) which is an organization specifically for marketers in the architect/engineers/contractor industry. There is a Mentor-Protégé program that I participated in last year that helped me personally on my career path and advanced our company.
Q: What advice would you give to young women interested in pursuing a career in construction?
My advice would be to have confidence. In a male-dominated industry, it is easy to get told no or to be talked over. You have to gain respect from your peers by showing you can hold your own in this industry as a female.
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