DETROIT, Mich. – It’s “Women in Construction Week” and Walbridge is highlighting just a few of the many women whose contributions help our company thrive.
The annual celebration, created by the National Association of Women in Construction, is a week to highlight and raise awareness for women in the construction industry.
Walbridge’s Director of Diversity Jackie Jackson answered questions about her time in the industry and offered advice for those entering the construction field.
Why did you begin a career in construction?
“My career in construction began 28 years ago by total accident; but nothing happened by chance. I was originally in the healthcare arena and when an opportunity presented itself to make a career change.
I thought it would be great to be a ‘woman’ in an industry that was very dominated by men. As a result, it has been a very rewarding experience and I am so very proud to be a part of the construction world.”
What advice do you have for those interested in construction or starting in the industry?
“One: Integrity and hard work are building blocks that require regular maintenance.
Two: Building relationships is very important! Be a people person. Interacting and networking with people is an absolute must. Many times, it is not who you know, but who knows you.
Three: Patience: Rome was not built in a day.
Four: Never give up! Some of the best successes are driven by the word “no.”
Five: Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you.”
What’s been one of your best memories in the industry?
“Having the ability to assist women (and other diverse companies) by becoming their voice in the corporate world.”
What is something that stands out to you about the industry?
“When you take pride and have passion for what you do, it makes all the difference in having a “career” or “building a business” versus having a “job.”