We spoke to Lauren O’Shea, SHEQ Advisor about her career at Ardmac and how her progression has positively affected both her professional and personal growth.

How long have you been with Ardmac?

Almost two years.

How has your career progressed since you began working with Ardmac?

I began my journey with Ardmac as a trainee SHEQ Advisor on a large-scale data centre with a team of SHEQ Advisors. From that I moved onto another project as the appointed SHEQ Advisor for the team. This allowed me to put all my learnings to practice and lead safety to the highest standard. More recently, I have moved onto new projects that we work on in Belgium where I am the appointed SHEQ Advisor. Each move has been a huge progression opportunity for me, both professionally and personally and I am very grateful for it.

How has Ardmac supported your professional development? 

As part of my training programme, Ardmac assisted me in gaining my NEBOSH Qualification as well as a Leadership and Management course along with many other competency courses that benefit me and allow me to progress within my role.

What do you enjoy most about working at Ardmac? 

I enjoy working at Ardmac because of the sense of community and inclusion the company has to offer. We have many great leaders within the company who I have been fortunate enough to work with directly, leaders who create an open culture with their team members. Ardmac are a company who offer opportunities and open doors to progression.

Is there anyone who has inspired you during your career journey so far?

Yes, many of my managers and colleagues over the 2 years have inspired me to always do better, especially in some challenging times. I have also met some very strong women along the way, both internally and externally. I have seen many colleagues and friends who are Women progress in their career, and this has inspired me to excel in my own career.

Best piece of advice you have received?

’Slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be’’. I remind myself of this a lot as the construction industry is so face paced, you meet so many different people and come across so many different situations and it can be difficult not to get ahead of yourself sometimes so it’s important we remind ourselves to take a step back and stay grounded.