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What are your interests?



Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Jackie Corcoran -  JJ Rhatigan & Company

Jackie Corcoran - JJ Rhatigan & Company

As part of the #BuildingEquality 2018 Campaign, Jackie Corcoran, JJ Rhatigan & Company, shares her story as a woman in construction.

My father is a carpenter and had a joinery factory, so I grew up being around construction working in the factory for my summers and visiting sites with him. Much to his dismay I went to college to do construction studies at a time when construction was in a very volatile state, but thankfully by the time I had qualified, Ireland was crying out for Quantity Surveyors so I had my pick of jobs.

Female Role models were non-existent when I started in the industry 20 years ago and they are still not too plentiful. When I started college in Sligo IT, there were four girls in the entire engineering department. Today that department is actually headed up by a woman. I would hope that I could be of help to the younger ladies coming into the industry. We need to show girls that there is no reason why women cannot have a career in the construction Industry. Granted it has been and still is a very male dominated industry, but there is nothing that a woman cannot do just as well as a man.

I am seeing more and more women in all aspects of construction, architecture, engineering, electricians, carpenters, painters, plumbers and of course quantity surveyors. I am also seeing a much better acceptance of us girls on the building site too, we are less unusual these days. It is a very interesting industry to work in, every project is different every team have their own dynamics. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

To learn more about the #BuildingEquality campaign and to share your own story, please visit our dedicated #BuildingEquality page here

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