Last week, a group of Tara students had the incredible opportunity to take a tour of the Tara Aquatic Centre and Sports Precinct construction site with Taylor Construction.
Taylor invited girls who were interested in learning about careers in engineering and construction, supporting their ongoing commitment to women in construction and encouraging women to pursue STEM studies.
After touring the construction site students had the opportunity to ask questions about the site and careers in engineering and construction. The girls then listened to presentations from some of the women from Taylor about their career paths and opportunities.
"Today’s tour with Taylor Construction confirmed which degree I want to study in University. Before the tour, although I had architecture as my first priority, I wasn’t 100% sure if I should pick it as my first option. However, after listening to the experts from the company talk about the construction processes, their experiences working in this industry, and seeing how passionate they are about their jobs, it was insightful for me and gave me an extra push towards pursuing Architecture. I found Taylor really interesting in their variety of career options and would love to learn more about their programs available for first year University students." - Melissa
"I really appreciate all the time and effort that was placed into this and have definitely learnt a lot about the processes involved in undertaking such large construction projects. It has really opened my eyes into the different pathways available within engineering and architecture that I previously did not have much insight into but would love to consider further after today. Once again, thank you so much!" - Angel
"Thank you for taking us around the construction site today, and telling is about what you do. It was really helpful for me to see in person some career options for Architecture and Engineering degrees, and it was also really helpful to learn about the flexibility of degrees in this area. I also greatly enjoyed listening to your experiences on cooperating with people in different fields, such as communication between architects and structural engineers, and once again, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and for the tasty sandwiches!" - Elaine
"I really enjoyed the tour as I gained a greater understanding of the construction occurring in the middle of our school. The project manager, Fred, was super insightful and I learned a lot about the different building aspects to our Aquatic Centre. I also found the presentation very interesting as I got to listen to female workers and managers telling us of their experiences in the field and how they ended up in their roles; their dedication to the empowerment of women in stem and construction was super inspirational. From this presentation, I have furthered and expanded my interest in architecture and design courses and will definitely consider a pathway towards similar careers in the future." - Rebekah
"I think being able to visit a large scale construction site really gave me a deeper insight into my understanding of how engineering, construction management and architecture coordinate with each other to create an amazing structure. My thoughts about my courses have not changed. Currently I have my mind set on a double degree at UNSW with engineering specialised in mechatronics and commerce majoring in finance or accounting. I would like to know a bit more about how a mechatronic engineer would contribute to a construction project or company. What kind of place, position, or purpose to they serve and what are the possible suitable career paths within the company." - Emily