School of Property, Construction & Project Management
We are very pleased to announce that Sophie Ly will be part of our Alumni Panel on the day. Sophie will share her story with us on stage. Here is a snippet of Sophie’s story:
An interview with Sophie Ly – Alumni of the Construction Management Undergraduate degree.
Where are you working now?
What is your role and what activities does your role entail on a daily basis?
“I am a Graduate Quantity Surveyor assisting the Director/Associates/Seniors with a variety of projects. This includes residential, commercial, industrial, aged care, educational institutes and many more. Everyday and every project is different, hence different task are allocated to each project. On a daily basis we prepare cost pans, site inspections, liaising with stakeholders in the industry and market research and so on.”
What was your favourite part of your degree?
“Going to a number of study tours. London, Dubai, China & Singapore. Experiencing different cultures and their construction customs.”
What do you like best about your role?
“Going out on site and interacting with different stakeholder in the industry. I low experiencing the practical side of any project and see what is on plan and seeing it becoming into reality.”
What attracted you to your role?
“The opportunity to interact with a variety of stakeholders. Architect, Engineers, Project Managers, Contractors, Developers/Clients, each contribute their part for the success of the project. These interactions also broaden my understanding of the project and the complexity of the industry itself. There’s so much to learn!”
What is most important to you when looking for a job?
“Opportunity to learn and the workplace culture. Learning new things helps and feeds my passion in the industry. And a environment that facilities growth.”
Tell us about your career journey so far.
“I am only a graduate, hence I don’t have a very far career journey. Started off as an Construction site assistant during my TAFE years, then a cadet & graduate quantity surveyor during my final year of my degree.”
Tell us about the challenges and triumphs you have faced as a female in a male-dominated industry
“So far the main challenge I faced are often related to my age and experience in the industry. Most of the time when I interact with other stakeholders they often question my credibility, understanding and experience on a particular task on a particular project. But, after doing my own research and a few more interactions, I am beginning to trust my judgement and understanding.”
If you could say one thing to young females looking to enter the industry – what would it be?
“Be passionate and go for it! If your passionate in any industry you will always make the time and effort in what you do. As a female graduate, I see it more as an advantage than a barrier.”
Read more about the International Women’s Day event: Women Building Futures: Careers in Property, Construction and Project Management here: