Women in Construction Week: Julie Hudson, Senior Recruitment Consultant

At MCG Construction we're proud to have an inclusive and diverse workforce. This week (7 - 13 March) we join the national Women in Construction campaign to shine the light on our fantastic female colleagues and get to know some of them a little better.

Name: Julie Hudson

Job title: Senior Recruitment Consultant

How long have you been working in construction? 8 years - since 2nd January 2013.

What was your first role in construction and when? I started at McGinley (MCG) as a Payroll Administrator for the Trades & Labour Team in January 2013. Since then, I have worked my way up to being a Resourcer for Trades & Labour, Recruitment Consultant and now Senior Recruitment Consultant.

Have you noticed more women working within construction since you started? Yes, both working within recruitment and various trades on site or as part of the site team.

How did your friends/family react to you choosing construction as your career? They were happy as long as I was. I didn’t plan this as my career but had some experience in my previous roles working in the customer service department for my local council repairs team.

Have you ever felt daunted by being in a male dominated industry? When I first started doing site visits, I was very nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but everyone was so welcoming and made me feel at ease.

Did you have any pre-conceptions about the construction industry? How has real life been different to that? To be honest, growing up I felt as though you only ever saw men in construction. Now, having worked in this industry I have met many women on site, whether that be in the offices or actually doing a trade.

Where do you aim to be in 5/10 years’ time? I hope to still be enjoying construction as much as I am now and hopefully have progressed further in my career.

What do you enjoy the most about your job? I love being out on site, meeting the site team and candidates that I have offered work to and building relationships.

Can you describe a typical day at work? So, my typical day starts at 7.30am, arriving to the office to check in with the guys on site that are starting that day. I make sure all my workers are compliant and placements are on the system ready for their timesheets to go through. I will then call round the sites to make sure all the candidates are doing ok and to see if they need any other trades and labour. I will also arrange site visits for that week. Throughout the day I take calls from potential new workers and get them registered on the system.

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