Wishing to swap a desk job for something more active outdoors, Georgina Mayfield has gone for a bold career change to take a role as trainee assistant site manager with David Wilson Homes in Leicestershire.
The 28-year-old from Asfordby is now working at the housebuilder’s Kibworth Meadows development in Kibworth Harcourt and relishing the career prospects it offers. Previously an account manager in the automotive industry, she looked to try something new and found construction a great way to create a new opportunity for herself.
“I decided to choose a career that was a little out of my comfort zone and something that would challenge me,” she says. “I didn’t like the idea of going back in to a desk job, I am a girly girl but have always loved getting stuck in. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty and I love the fact that no two days are the same out on-site.
“I am proud to be a minority being a female in site construction, but in the same breath I feel sad that there aren’t more of us. If, like me, you are looking for a complete change, or working on a site never even crossed your mind as it’s a ‘man’s world’, I would happily recommend any female to get in to construction, there are so many avenues there is something for everyone.”
Site management involves a range of duties, from inductions and paperwork, to health and safety and stock ordering. A site manager oversees all contractors and ensures all their paperwork is appropriate and up-to-date, and not only manages the build process itself from start to finish, but also works with customer care to ensure happy buyers of the finished article. So far, it’s a role that has given Georgina tha chance to meet people from a variety of trades.
Delighted with the training and support she’s so far received from David Wilson Homes, she aspires to the role of site manager and to looking after her own development. “I am enjoying learning something new and this is a position where you are always learning – as the industry advances, so do we,” she adds. “I am thoroughly appreciating working for a company who cares, this is a massive plus for me, I know I can go to anyone in the company and be heard no matter what or who it may be.”
John Reddington, managing director of David Wilson Homes East Midlands, comments: “We would like to welcome Georgina to the team and wish her the best of luck in developing her career in construction with us. We want to quash the age old stereotype that the construction industry is a male-dominated field as we have many women who work out on site as well as in office based roles, with Georgina being a great example.
“With a range of departments within the company, we want to remind women that there are a variety of different roles that can be offered within the business that have great benefits and excellent opportunities for career progression.The construction industry is continuing to grow and this is an exciting time for people with an interest in housebuilding to join a market leading company.”