The 2019 recipient of the Housing Institute of Australia's "Exceptional Young Woman in Construction" award, Mosaic Construction's Jess Dippel explains how determination and a fearless attitude have started her on a pathway to a successful career at Mosaic.
Working across every aspect of Mosaic Construction, Jess Dippel is an indispensable force in the smooth running of the construction of Mosaic Property Group’s multiple developments across South East Queensland. Her hard work and dedication have seen her recently awarded as HIA’s Exceptional Young Woman.We asked Jess how much the win means to her and what it takes for a young woman to get ahead in a traditionally male dominated industry.
What does this award mean to you?
I was so humbled and proud when I was told that Mosaic was nominating me for this award. I work extremely hard and take my career very seriously, and whilst I don’t do it for industry recognition, I am over the moon to be the recipient of a prestigious award from such a highly respected association.
Where to from here – where would you like to see yourself in the next five years?
My aim over the next 5 years is to continue to work hard and gain as much knowledge as possible to continue to grow and learn within the industry. Operations, processes and procedures is my niche and there is plenty of room to grow and improve as an Operations Manager. I’m fortunate to work for a company that embraces diversity and encourages a culture of excellence, I’m surrounded by exceptional people. My intention is to continue to utilise the vast knowledge resource within Mosaic to enhance my knowledge of construction, but also to diversify my business operations understanding and how all the pieces come together to create a successful company.
You obviously set very high standards of yourself – have you always been like this? What motivates you professionally?
My parents always encouraged me to be confident and courteous, telling me that if I worked hard and treated people with respect, there would be no limit to what I could be or do. I have always set myself large goals and high standards; setting my mind on a task and working hard to achieve it. I’m extremely motivated through my love of making a difference; being able to work alongside the Director of Mosaic Construction to improve and implement processes motivates me every day.
Do you have a role model and why to you admire them?
Early in 2018 I was fortunate enough to be offered a place in the Mosaic Mentor Program. Recognised for my potential within the industry and the company, I was allocated to Mosaic’s Chief Operating Officer, Marina Vit as my mentor. Marina has achieved so much in her career, working in executive roles within highly regarded property development, government and not for profit organisations. I look up to Marina and see myself in such a position in the years to come.
What is your tip to young women starting out in the construction sector?
Be confident in yourself and never shy away from making your voice heard or trying new things. Be dedicated to your work and always take on feedback and learn from your mistakes. Every day should be about learning from the experienced people around you and enhancing your growth and the development of your professional skills.
Being a young woman in a male dominated sector, what has your approach been to optimise outcomes and get to where you are now?
Never allow someone else’s expectations of your limit your career potential. I’ve always approached everything with a fearless attitude; I’m not afraid to make a mistake because I’ve always strongly believed that it’s vital for your growth to seek feedback to develop both my emotional intelligence and my professional skills.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
It’s really important for me to have work life balance, to keep my mind and body healthy. I attend gym as part of my daily routine and enjoy my weekends eating delicious food surrounded by my friends and family.
See all the winners and finalists here for the HIA Recognition of Women in Building & Construction awards.
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