The sheer, switched-off obtuseness of woman crane operator’s first day

21CC podcast Katie Kelleher
Katie Kelleher reveals the bizarre scenario of her first day as a crane operator

Rod Sweet reflects on Katie Kelleher’s tale of her first day as a crane operator, as revealed in this month’s 21CC podcast.

It’s the first day at your new job, and you show up at the appointed time and place.

Nobody seems to know who you are or why you’re here, or care.

That doesn’t stop everyone staring at you, hard, as you make your way from the front of the room to the back, hoping to get away from all the eyes.

But they’ve turned around and are still staring as you slide down the wall and sit in a foetal position.

You’re here to operate cranes on construction sites. You’ve passed the courses and earned the qualifications. You did the interviews and got the job.

Now you’re thinking it was a big mistake and that you should go back to recruitment, even though the money’s way better here.

You’re the only woman in the room.

True story

That’s Katie Kelleher’s story, as she tells CIOB People editor Nadine Buddoo in the latest episode of the 21CC podcast.

You don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the sheer, switched-off obtuseness that greeted Kelleher on her first day in 2015.

In the end, though, you laugh because she helps you see the hilarity of this bizarre way of welcoming new people to the industry.

She admits she might not have stuck with it had she been a bit younger and a bit less confident. But she did stick with it, and thrived, and is now a valuable voice in the industry.

Check out this funny, uplifting conversation. It’ll do your spirits good.

Catch up with the first two episodes of 21CC at rss.com/podcasts/21cc/.

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