My role at ISG is to coordinate the design elements that affect the tendering, procuring and construction of a building.
At the tender stage, depending on the scheme I might get involved in reviewing different construction routes and the options that are available to help the business win schemes.
At the construction stage, I coordinate consultants (architects, engineers, etc) and subcontractors. I look at the information required and what has been produced so that when we are ready to procure and build on-site, the required packages are on time and fully encompass the information needed for a successful build.
It's a great feeling to know you're a valued member of the team, and that your input is aiding the construction of a building that will be there for years
Which company do you work for and what do they do?
I work for ISG, an international construction services company delivering fit out, construction, engineering services and a range of specialist solutions.
I work in the construction sector of the business, in the western region.
What education route did you take from secondary school to where you are today?
At secondary school, my influences were art and design-focused, but I didn't really understand at that point what I wanted to do as a career.
I took a few years out, working on part-time jobs and reviewing the best courses universities had to offer in terms of careers. I had always been hands-on throughout school, and I chose to pursue a path that would offer me the freedom to be constructive and get my ‘foot in the door’ of my chosen sector, construction.
I went to university to study architectural technology full-time. This was a three-year course, which I mixed with part-time work in my final year at a Cardiff-based architectural practice. After almost five years working as a technician, the job just didn’t feel right and though I wanted to continue to work in the construction sector, I was ambitious to find the right role for me.
I applied for the role of assistant project coordinator in a smaller contractor to make the transition from architectural to main contracting. I stayed there for several years before the opportunity arose at ISG, a prestigious and well-established company. I've been with ISG for almost a year and I continue to learn and grow in my role with great support from the company.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
No single day is the same. Every day presents a new challenge, whether it's a deadline you are working towards for required information or there are issues on site that need to be resolved to keep the build on track.
What is the highlight of your day?
Finishing off what you've tried to achieve on that particular day. It's a great feeling to know you're a valued member of the team, and that your input is aiding the construction of a building that will be there for years to come.
What would you say to someone thinking about a career in construction?
What a great time to make this choice! Put some thought into the area you think you want to work in, but don’t worry changing your mind as your skills can usually be transferred to other opportunities within the sector once you have some experience in the industry.
Is there anything else you would like to share, which would inspire others to follow their chosen career path?
Never be worried about making that initial step. There's plenty of support in the industry to help you through. Companies usually have a good support scheme, whether that's buddying up with an experienced member or training to develop specific skills.
Never be worried about making that initial step. There's plenty of support in the industry to help you through.