Ischebeck Titan – Impact Day 2023
March 5, 2024
Our Time At The UK Infrastructure Show
March 14, 2024
Ischebeck Titan – Impact Day 2023
March 5, 2024
Our Time At The UK Infrastructure Show
March 14, 2024

Abbey Cheney - Technical Sales Co-ordinator

Meet Abbey Cheney, a member of the Ischebeck Inform team, with over 2 and a half years of experience in her current role at the company. Having previously worked in the construction industry, selling GRP grating, she brings a unique perspective to her current role. In this interview, she discusses the challenges of being a young woman in a male-dominated field, highlighting struggles with customer perceptions while praising supportive colleagues.

Reflecting on inclusion, she emphasises the importance of acceptance and openness in both the professional and personal world.

How long have you been with Ischebeck Titan? 

Around 2 and half years

Did you work in this sector previously?

Yes, my previous job worked in the construction industry where I sold GRP grating, which is mainly used in service risers or walkways.

What do you consider are the pros & cons of working in construction?

Sometimes I struggle to make my voice heard with customers. I think some people aren’t used to a young woman telling them what products they need so it can sometimes be hard to put my point across to them and for them to trust that I understand what I’m talking about! However, it’s never an actual issue and they soon come to realise. It was a little disheartening when I first started in the industry, but it doesn’t bother me anymore. 99% of the time customers are great, very friendly and welcoming compared to other industries I’ve been in.

I have experienced quite the opposite with my colleagues though, and often if I’m not confident in myself they will assure me that I do actually know what I’m talking about (most of the time…)!

What does inclusion mean to you? 

Inclusion means being accepting and welcoming to all people, not just those you work with. It is something that should be ingrained within a company and its people, not just thought about once in a while.

What advice would you give to women considering pursuing a career in construction? 

Be confident in what you know, and you can’t go wrong! Do not be disheartened when you first start out if people are hesitant to listen to you, you will challenge their biases and they will learn to trust you. I would definitely recommend it from my experience. Every day is different, with different customers and challenges.

Abbey Cheney
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