Independent streak & positive attitude!3

YEUK Advisory Board member, David Shindler, interviewed three brilliant young women.

All three had in common an independent streak, positive attitude and drive to succeed. They have taken things in their stride and act as great role models. Read about their experience and advice!


Elizabeth Sanderson, Assistant Project Manager, CH2M HILL

What attracted you to the world of infrastructure? 

The world is always going to need infrastructure whether it’s a new road, railway or tunnel. It is an industry that is continually providing you with new opportunities both within the UK but also globally. Working on an infrastructure project is also extremely exciting and challenging. Throughout your time on one you get to work with colleagues with a whole host of experience, engage with a diverse set of stakeholders and be part of a team that is working towards a common goal – to get the infrastructure built.

What advice did you seek? Who from? How helpful was it?

While advice is extremely important when choosing a career path, sometimes there is no substitution for your own judgement and giving things a try. Work experience provided me with a great insight into the options available and enabled me to find the industry that excited me. It is also important to develop and maintain a strong contact base; the more people you get to know in the industry the more career opportunities you will be made aware of which will enable you to tell if it is a profession that you want to be part of.

What are the pros and cons of being a woman in infrastructure from your experience? What advice would you give?

My advice is now is the best time. It’s high on the Government’s agenda – enabling initiatives and opportunities to be created throughout the construction and engineering industries. Get stuck in, work hard and most importantly, as my manager who is a woman always tells me, be prepared to push your own boundaries as you can’t expect anyone else to do it for you.

Where would you like to go now?


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