Property Council of Australia’s Girls in Property program launched today in Canberra. We had the privilege of hosting their panel right here at The Link, with some of our team members participating as speakers at this important event. The program gave year 9 girls from high schools around Canberra the opportunity to visit our site and participate in talks, activities and panel discussions designed to inspire young women to one day enter the property industry.
The day started early with a line-up of speakers, including Ginninderry’s Managing Director David Maxwell. David spoke about the Ginninderry project focusing on the wonderful team behind it. A diverse group of people with educational backgrounds as varied as they are – imparting the lesson that no matter what kind of studies you take, from arts to environmental sciences to no university education at all, you might find a role anywhere, including in property.
The panel discussion featured five women veterans of the property industry including our very own Design Manager Hoa Luu. They each shared their backgrounds, and how they first entered the property industry as well as each challenge along the way.
“I recall a few instances where, as a last resort, I had to run around construction sites with my two-year-old son in tow. A crucial element is maintaining a work-life balance” – Hoa Luu.
The students were invited to write down the roles in the property industry they were interested in which later on was used to direct lively discussions.
In one of the activities, and the highlight of the day, the girls were asked to develop either a model of a school community hub or market centre, and devise a pitch to the executive P&C committee and our project team on why their project should be selected. The pitches were well detailed and took into account the cultural and socioeconomic makeup of our community as well as a broad range of community needs. Sustainable development practices and engagement with the community were key elements to selling the benefits of each of their proposals.
One of the most important takeaways of the day was the key to find success in their careers: determination, finding good mentors and role models, and always believing in yourself. Valuable lessons in all areas of life.
The Property Council of Australia hopes the Girls in Property initiative will assist more young women to choose a career in property, by showing them the full range of options that are available and how rewarding working in the property industry can be.