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First world problems of working in construction

First world problems of working in construction

There’s nothing I love more than working in construction. But as a true millennial, I am also experiencing some true first world problems. As the phrase suggests, a first word problem can be defined as problems related to the difficulty of living in a first world country. And that’s difficulty with a whole lot of sarcasm. Today I am sharing my first world problems that I have experienced in my two years of working in the construction industry.

PPE’s that don’t fit

Being one of few females to work in construction has its perks, like always bringing a little surprise effect. However, there are some downsides as well. Personal protective equipment (or PPE’s in short) is one of them. On construction sites, it is important to wear protective equipment such as a helmet, boots and vests. Not only for all the stuff that can fall on your head or feet, but also for visibility. The frustrating part is when you’re in need of safety pants which unfortunately for me only seem to come in a men’s size XL. As these pants will come up just to my chin, I guess I won’t have to worry about being cold or invisible. That visibility part is convenient on the construction site, not so convenient for my vain self though.

The agile hype and daily standup’s

Scrum practices have been finding their way from the IT world all the way into the construction industry. With that come the daily standup’s. Now people on construction sites have always started work pretty early (around 7 am). Now add a daily standup, that usually takes place before work starts, and my not-being-a-morning-person. I am putting up a fight against myself every single morning. When will I become a morning person that just jumps out of bed and do happy whistles?

Navigating to remote construction sites

In my mind, contributing to a new piece of infrastructure is the coolest thing there is. There’s nothing better than a new concrete underpass or freshly paved asphalt highway connection. Logically, big projects like these have to be constructed in (sometimes) remote areas for it to be safe for the environment. Not a problem as my car can take me anywhere (in theory). The problem arises when the regular route has been rerouted and my Google Maps cannot guide me to the construction site. In that case technology can’t save me and I will have to rely on some old-school traffic signs.

Being stuck in traffic

And while we’re on the subject of driving to construction sites, let’s talk about traffic jams. Traffic could be seen as a measure of how well a society is doing as one needs a certain amount of money to afford a car to get stuck in traffic to begin with. Still I catch myself being bummed out every time I drive into yet another lineup of cars on the highway.

Whenever this is the case I just try to listen to podcasts and make some (business) phone calls. Better make use of the time, either being productive for work or working on my social life. Here’s more about making the most out of your commute in one of our previous blogposts. Another guilty pleasure of mine in traffic, is to just crank up the music and do some CAReoke. Be aware though, people might be looking into your car as if you’re crazy. But truly though, I have nothing to be whining about (especially not since I just ordered a new car, can’t wait!).  And HEY! I already mention I'm a millennial, right?

In conclusion, I’m a lucky ass girl if these problems are the worst I deal with on a daily basis. And they’re all worth it if that’s all the sacrifice I have to make in order to work at a job as fun as mine. Just for fun, what are you first world problems? Let us know in the comments below!

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