In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female team members. Today’s feature is on Alisha Wright, one of our project coordinators. Here is what Alisha has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
- Why did you choose a career in construction?
I started out as an insurance compliance auditor for large chains and got bored quickly. My supervisor at the time said that she thought I would do well at their sister construction company and encouraged me to apply. I read the job description of a project coordinator and was instantly intrigued. The rest is history!
- What is the biggest challenge of being a woman in construction?
I think the biggest challenge is that it is a male dominated industry. The upside to that is every year I see more and more women entering the industry.
- What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love, love, love that no day is ever the same! I enjoy the excitement of it and the teamwork it requires.
- What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on and why?
My favorite project I have worked on is Thrivent Financial tenant improvement project in the AT&T Tower in Minneapolis. It really taught me a lot about perseverance and teamwork.
- What advice would you give someone just starting out on the path to working in the construction industry?
Be open-minded and flexible. Construction isn’t an industry where you just do your job description and that’s it. There can be some days that go exactly as planned and many where you will have to improvise. Be ready for both and have fun with it!
- What is your ultimate career goal?
My ultimate career goal is to do anything that allows me to feel empowered and has room for laughs. Anyone that knows me knows I love to laugh and smile so that is a must! I believe I have found my niche in constriction. There is never a day when I leave not feeling accomplished and I love that!
Women in Construction Week (WIC Week) was formalized by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and presents an opportunity to highlight the contributions of women in the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an opportunity for NAWIC members throughout the country to raise awareness of the many career paths and opportunities available for women in the industry. To learn more about NAWIC and WIC Week, visit www.nawic.org.