Tuesday, June 5, 2018

TEEX #WomenStepUp: Ashley Ordener, Project Manager II, Facilities Planning & Construction, Texas A&M University System

I originally wanted to go into Architecture. As a part of that degree, I took a Construction Methods and Materials course and I really liked that. I liked being in the middle of construction and fitting the pieces together. I really liked to see something being built out of nothing. You start with a blank piece of land and then build something that will last generations and will help people grow and develop.

The biggest challenge that I’ve faced in this profession is getting respect because I also look very young. I overcome that challenge by knowing my field, doing research and I don’t back down when I know something is right. As long as you know what you’re talking about, then others in the profession will respect you. With that knowledge and a passion for what you want to do, confidence grows. I have pride in what I do, so if I do face a challenge, I can step up and stand my ground. If I’m not completely sure of the what I’m talking about, I’ll back off, do research and then come back even stronger.

If there is a career that you want in a traditionally male occupation, don’t be discouraged. Do your homework, study, meditate, grow, and then put your mind to it. You can do it and you’re actually stronger than what you think.

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