Work is what I love. It’s about having fun and enjoying it. My family expected me to do my A levels and become a doctor or an accountant, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted to prove you can have a good lifestyle doing something else.
After a short stint at college, which I didn’t enjoy, I started at the bottom of the ladder as a labourer. People think it’s a dirty job, but when you get into it, you see that there are so many opportunities open to you. So, I began to explore my capabilities.
At school, I thought I might be an electrician, but my dad said that carpentry was a good, niche skill and practical too – as well as being good for the job market. I went to college and did a bit of everything, but carpentry stood out, so I went for it. When the time was right, my boss gave me more responsibilities and stretched me further.
I guess my family were worried that I was capable of more and that I’d be selling myself short, but my heart has always been in construction, and I believe if you want something enough, it’s in your hands to make it happen.
I currently work in our family’s business, alongside my sister. It’s built our relationship, and we trust each other to get the job done right.
I feel like I have a bright future. Who knows what opportunities the industry will open to me? Now, I’m looking beyond on-site roles to office-based ones, learning more about the business. I’m currently a site foreman, which involves looking after the team, checking materials and making sure everything runs smoothly and on time. I’m still a carpenter by trade, which is where my heart is, but I’ve also returned to college to do a management course. I’m a firm believer in working hard and working your way up.
I also love the flexibility of my job. Free time in the evenings means I can pursue my other love – football. If I had to choose between the two? Construction, no doubt.
At the end of the day, I’m proof that you can step away from the stereotypes, or outside people’s expectations and still have a happy, successful career. Construction does that for me.
Funded through the investment of the CITB levy.