Employee Spotlight - Alyce Read

Alyce Read Employee Spotlight

Alyce joined SHAPE in 2014 as a Project Coordinator and has progressed since then to her current role as Project Manager. We recently had a chat with her to find out about her life and career journey at SHAPE.

What made you choose to pursue a career in the construction industry?

It was a bit of an accident, really. I studied a Bachelor of Design Studies (Architecture), a Master of Planning (Urban Design) and I worked in the State Government for a year after graduating. I had never considered working in the construction industry. When I moved to the Gold Coast in 2012 and got offered a job as Safety Administrator on a major infrastructure project, I thought why not give it a go. From there, I moved internally on the same project to work as a Project Coordinator, starting my journey in Project Management. It just felt very natural, and I absolutely loved what I was doing. I have never looked back!

What has been your career highlight so far?

Winning the NAWIC Project Achievement Award. It is really nice to be recognised and also to stop and reflect on my career so far.

What has been your favourite project while working at SHAPE?

Noarlunga Hospital. Great team, good client, exciting project! My close second is Mitcham Library.

Why do you like working for SHAPE? What keeps you here?

SHAPE is such a great place to work. I really feel valued every day, work with a great bunch of people and have the opportunity to grow and learn all the time. The construction industry is such a dynamic place to work and at times can be very challenging. Knowing you have the support and guidance from your team, no matter what gets thrown your way, makes coming to work exciting and enjoyable.

What advice would you give to a female wanting to work in the construction industry?

Go for it! It can be pretty intimidating and challenging, but it is also extremely rewarding. Don’t be put off when you walk into a room and everyone doesn’t look, talk, sound or think exactly like you. You will bring a whole new perspective that is unique and valuable.

What are you passionate about?

I have been really lucky to work with some great people that have invested the time and effort into my development. Seeing the people you work with not only succeed but find enjoyment in what they are doing is really rewarding as a manager. Creating an environment they feel comfortable to learn, but also fail is really important to me.