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What are your interests?



Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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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