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Brooke James

from Beauty Therapist to Construction Advisor
I help build new roads and bridges
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  • What I love about working in construction
  • The tools I used to pick a career (when I was feeling nervous)
  • What it's like working on large project sites

About me

I am a Construction Advisor in Civil Construction.

When I left school, I was like many others in my year and didn’t quite know what I wanted to do next. After many conversations with my parents, we thought I’d enjoy being a beauty therapist, so I went and completed a Diploma in Beauty Therapy. I worked in the industry for 2 years and did enjoy it, but it wasn’t a passion.

From there I travelled overseas twice and moved through a job in a Physiotherapy Clinic as a Practice Manager and then at the Commonwealth Games in Queensland as Fleet Coordinator.

All the roles I worked in I always gave 110% and was rewarded or progressed but I found myself still searching. Once I moved back from Queensland to Melbourne, I landed a job in Construction, working in an Administration role. I worked in Construction in mainly Administration roles such as Office Management and Executive Assistant, before moving into my current role as Construction Advisor alongside other engineers and have now completed a Diploma of Project Management.

Never in my dreams, did I think I would be working as an Engineer without studying at university, especially since I didn’t even know what engineering was in high school or that I would one day absolutely love it!

About my role

  • Confident
  • Optimistic
  • Passionate
  • Practical
  • Reliable

A Construction Advisor is a site-based role. The day starts with a pre-start meeting with around 40-100 people to hear the supervisors discuss the works that are happening on site that day.

During a day a Construction Advisor is responsible for:

  • Cost tracking daily works completed
  • Carrying our quality checks and preparing inspections for earthwork testings
  • Assisting in look ahead programming for the upcoming works to be completed
  • Managing and building relationships with Subcontractors on site
  • Quantity take offs and forecasting of upcoming cost of works
  • Assisting the foreman on site
  • Ordering materials like concrete and steel
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  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Project Management


  • General Mathematics (Maths A)
  • Legal Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology


  • BMD National Excellence Award Nominee 2022
  • Frontline Excellence Award 2017


  • Beach adventures
  • Running
  • Seeing family and friends

15 year old me!!

“Don’t worry about what others are doing, do what makes you happy and give it 100%. And if you’re not sure, that is OKAY! ”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Started as a Beauty Therapist
  2. Travelled overseas
  3. Moved from QLD to Melbourne, got my first job in construction
  4. Completed a Diploma of Project Management
  5. Became a Construction Advisor

My employer

BMD is a national group of companies engaged in engineering design, construction and land development for clients and partners in the urban development, transport infrastructure and resources and energy sectors. Since 1979, BMD has employed a relationship based business model founded on certainty, collaboration and performance. With approximately 1700 staff throughout Australia, BMD has the resources and experience to deliver projects ranging in size from $1 million to over $1 billion.