Interview by Maria Silva, NHEO Institute Community Development.
Please tell us your name, role, and your background
Jessica Tapia, Customer Service Representative at MEMCO in Houston, Texas. I've been a part of the Marek Family for six years now.
How did you get involved in construction?
MEMCO is a Construction Employment Management Company and I walked in the doors looking for a career and found one. I began as an admin and worked my way through to join the Sales Team. I work hand in hand with General Contractors and Sub Contractors to fill their jobs with manpower as needed.
Why did you choose this profession?
My parents had a Construction company when I was growing up, so I felt confident that I knew this industry best.
Would you say it’s more difficult to start a career in construction for women than it is for men?
Yes.It is more difficult, our opinion is deemed invaluable or unimportant.
What are some of the biggest challenges that you think women face in the construction industry?
I think being respected is one of the biggest challenges that women face working in construction. A lot of men that are in higher positions in this industry can sometimes be little or not give women initiative to be as successful.
Do you think the number of women in construction will increase in the future?
Absolutely, I know it will. The more confident and relentless we become the more unstoppable we'll be.
What are your recommendations for other women and NHEO Institute members?
Be confident, Speak up and Be known! But also be Aware. Woman are strong and can amount to anything we set our minds too.
What is something that surprises people about you?
My Strive. I aspire to obtain every goal that I set for myself. I'm pretty confident in what I do and what I have to offer.