Constructing a winning career
KAREN Reynolds is building a big future.
The most recent triumph of the project manager at Bell Thomasson Builders in Rockhampton was being named the Construction Female of the Year.
The 22-year-old, who has a business degree and is now studying a construction management degree at CQUniversity, isn’t afraid to get down and dirty and has her heart set on some day owning her own building business.
But for now, as she works her way up the ladder, she said her goal was to earn a high-rise licence.
“I want the sky to be my limit,” Karen said.
As part of her current role, Karen develops clients, puts the tender together and draws up a cost plan. Once the job starts, she liaises with sub-contractors to ensure necessary building standards are met as well as legislation and safety standards.
And she also gets a chance to learn hands-on skills at the construction site.
Working in a predominately male industry, Karen said it was important to work hard and build respect with the workers.
“Sometimes it’s very tough but I am lucky to have such a supportive boss and family, I love it,” Karen said.
Originally from the small town of Barcaldine, Karen said the next thing she was getting excited for was a trip to Germany after being accepted through a university scholarship.
She will leave on Boxing Day for a course focusing on energy efficiency in the building industry.
Karen said she was looking forward to checking out the sights and celebrating the new year in Europe.