The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is
the representative forum for the
professional bodies, research
organisations and specialist business
associations in the construction industry.
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Last Tuesday evening I was asked to speak to a room full of people about my experience as both mentor and mentee for the Fluid Programme. The response I received from standing up and sharing my journey was humbling and it made me realise how much need there is still for us to share our knowledge and experience within the industry I belong to.
It is a well known fact that the construction industry is not the most diverse one and it will therefore not come as a surprise if I say that the lack of representation of all types of minorities is a significant issue that is stopping us from keeping up with the world at the same rate as other industries are.
Year after year statistics support the public's perception, and year after year, young people choose other industries where they see themselves better represented. Studies show more people about to retire from than joining the industry and as a result, we (the society at large) are going to be facing serious difficulties.
The truth is that, although there are still many areas for improvement, a lot has changed since I first joined it in 2000. Technology is in our side and all we need to do is make the most of it.
We need to look at other industries and learn how they have dealt with this.
We need to make ourselves available for young people to see themselves represented and to have someone to ask their questions to.
We need to be honest and share the full length of the journey, not only our achievements, for that hard work is part of life.
And most importantly, we need to remember that we were "them", once upon a time and we would have liked to have "us" as companions of that journey.
From here, I'd like to say that if you can, you should consider mentoring.