Empowering Extraordinary Women

March 3rd-9th was National Women In Construction week. The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides a platform to thousands of organizations across the country while raising awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry, and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. Check out our new 3-part video series that was released last week featuring some of the amazing women at Parsons, shot by our own Creative & Media Coordinator, Dave Zdon!

 

As of 2016, there are over 1,000,000 women currently working in the construction industry, making up just under 10% of the workforce, ranging in position from office staff to material moving. Check out all of Parsons available opportunities in our Career Center!

Want to learn more about Women In Construction Week? Check out the National Association of Women In Construction‘s official website.

Parsons’ Sarah Schulz Featured in U of M Legacy Magazine

Parsons Intern Sarah Schulz was featured in the Spring 2017 edition of the University of Minnesota’s Legacy magazine.

She is highlighted in the publication’s “What’s in Your Backpack?” segment. Sarah’s response? “A hard hat.” Sarah is currently an intern in Parsons’ Technologies division. She’s worked on a variety of projects with the team including one located in a familiar setting, the University of Minnesota Athletes Village.

A senior studying Construction Management, Sarah described her favorite aspects of the industry including commercial buildings and being on the jobsite where “the project comes to life.”

On being a woman in the construction industry, Sarah explained, “More women are getting into construction. We bring a different set of skills, and people are realizing what assets we can be.”

Parsons is in its third year of an internship program that rotates interns between numerous departments to help gain exposure and a fuller understanding of Parsons and the industry. We are proud to work with students whose bright minds and ideas will illuminate the future of the construction industry.

Check out the full article here. 

 

Celebrating Women in Construction

We’re still celebrating Women in Construction at Parsons and are sharing insight from women in the industry who make a difference every day.

We spoke with Noni Snider, Installer IV for Parsons Technologies and Jessica Marshall, Journeyman Installer for Parsons Technologies on why it’s important to promote women in construction careers.

Noni: I didn’t want a job. I wanted a career. Something I could retire doing. Something I could advance in and support my family doing. I thought about construction and started looking into my options. I found the apprentice program. [Construction] is a great option. There are opportunities for advancement and it is an ever-changing field that has more than one avenue to pursue.

Jessica: I drove a school bus for 10 years and when my daughter was old enough to go to school, I decided just having a job wasn’t good enough. I wanted a career. In technologies, there are many options between wireless, audio/video, DAS, broadcasting, fiber optics, and network infrastructure that allowed me to find the area that I thrive in.

“Lots of women don’t even consider [construction] as an option for them. We need to make women aware that they can do this too. We have a chance to change that.
– Noni Snider, Installer IV for
Parsons Technologies

“It’s important to promote women in construction because young women need to know that there are options. The best way to reach women is to plant the seeds and reach out to organizations like 4H, Girl Scouts, etc. about what we do and how it affects the world around us so they will remember [construction].
– Jessica Marshall, Journeyman Installer for Parsons Technologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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