Colleen O’Connor has been with AG since July 2021 and is a General Operative at our Fivemiletown site.
Did you plan to work in the Construction Industry?
No, I didn’t plan to work in the construction industry, my education was in childcare and this was my career for many years. Although I felt I needed something different and outside of my comfort zone.
How did you get where you are today?
I moved from ROI to Tyrone in 2018 and had a few unfulfilling jobs and none that kept my interest. My partner began working with AG, and I became familiar with the workload, people and company through him. An opening came up and I jumped at the chance to join team and haven’t looked back since and I am growing and learning everyday.
What has been the biggest hurdle you’ve had to overcome?
Some days I overcome mental hurdles such as “I can’t do that I’m only a girl” other days it may be a physical hurdle such as “I can’t life or handle this” but every time I am well able for either. I truly shock myself when I overcome limiting beliefs.
What has been your proudest achievement?
My proudest moment to date is after 7 month I’m now semi-skilled worker on the masa machines. I’m also doing physical work I never dreamt of doing and next week I will be completing my forklift licence. If someone told me a year ago what I would be doing now I would have laughed but I am honestly so proud of myself for what I have achieved.
Is there anyone in particular you would like to thank for your success?
I would like to thank my partner and colleagues, who make the bad days good and good days better.
What has been the best advice you’ve been given?
“You’re going to make mistakes and that’s ok you will learn from them and get better at it.”
To myself on bad days – “you’ve got this, even when you think you don’t you do.” You’ve got this – even when you don’t, you do.
Would you recommend a career in construction to young women?
I would definitely recommend a career in Construction to a young women, I highly recommend looking for a good company that will train you in all areas, especially safety. Also, having a good team and management around you. It may be hard work but very self-rewarding.