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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Sorcha Flanagan - Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist

Sorcha Flanagan - Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist

As part of the #BuildingEquality 2018 Campaign, Sorcha Flanagan, EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) Specialist with Wm. O’Brien Crane Hire, shares her story as a woman in construction.

My name is Sorcha Flanagan and I am an EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) Specialist with Wm. O’Brien Crane Hire. I originally studied Environmental and Natural Resource Management as my undergrad. When I received my BSc degree, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with a very well established environmental consultant’s based in Limerick.

That job was a combination of both fieldwork and office based work which I thoroughly enjoyed. I got to work on many diverse projects and received great exposure to a range of different industries including the construction industry. I gained a great interest in this field and knew going forward that I wanted a career that could offer the same versatility of both office and site based work.

After my contract ended, I decided to go and do something completely different, so I took to the skies for a year as cabin crew. As you can imagine, a huge amount of that role was safety orientated and it was from there that I decided I would go back and study Health and Safety.

Following that, I managed to land myself my lovely position as Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist here at Wm. O’ Brien’s Crane hire. As you can imagine, the construction industry is very much a predominantly male orientated industry. Being a 5’3 female EHS specialist and arriving on site in my hard hat and Hi-Viz is certainly not the norm. I’m definitely a minority!

This has made me very aware that there are very few females working in my industry, a demographic I’d like to see change. I am grateful my gender hasn’t prevented me from getting where I am and has never held me back in the company where I work. I thoroughly enjoy working in the construction industry. It’s a very fast paced environment and every day is different. I work with a very supportive team that are very safety orientated.

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

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