In celebration of Women in Construction Week March 1-7, 2020, Pogue Construction has profiled women from various departments throughout the company to find out why they choose to work in construction and how they make an impact at Pogue Construction.
Megan Forbes, Talent Development Manager
Describe Your Role at Pogue:
My role is living out the most important thing we do at Pogue – hire, develop and retain the right people. For the past couple years we’ve been focused on growing our team and supporting them through manpower, but now I’m excited that I get to change the focus and look at the development aspect more thoroughly. Our word of the year for 2020 is “develop” and I’m excited to provide focused training and opportunities for advancement and growth for Pogue team members.
How long have you worked at Pogue and in the construction industry?
I’ve been with Pogue for 2.5 years and was new to the construction industry. Prior to joining the Pogue team I was an elementary educator in Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD for 7 years where I taught Kindergarten and 1st grade. After earning my Master’s at SMU I served as an Assistant Principal for 2 years before deciding to pursue an opportunity to utilize my skills in a different industry. As an Assistant Principal I discovered that I enjoyed were interviewing, candidate selection, onboarding, and training and development of employees. When a recruiter friend passed along a job description for a new role with Pogue, I saw it as an opportunity to pursue a career doing the things I most enjoyed.
What does a typical day in your job look like?
Throughout the course of a week I typically host about 15 candidate interviews. I spend a lot of time talking to candidates and recruiters scheduling interviews and talking with our team about what our needs are. This year I devoted time towards developing a mentor program which recently kicked off and have been working to develop a training plan that is position specific. I usually help onboard a new Team Member nearly every Monday.
What is your favorite aspect of working in construction?
The construction industry employs amazing people who are high achievers. I am energized when collaborating with individuals who are goal and action oriented.
What is the best memory you’ve had from working at Pogue?
Developing the Mentor Program has definitely been a highlight! Seeing a project go from conception to execution provided a sense of fulfillment, especially because it’s a program rooted in developing our people. In January when we launched the program with a mentor/mentee reveal that room was a buzz with excitement, that day will stick with me for a long time.
Also, it was an honor to have recently been named a part of the Pogue Leadership Team. Working with and learning from the incredible leaders of our company has been a true blessing.
What advice do you have for women who are interested in working in construction?
It is important to maintain a ‘learners mindset’ because like our world, the construction industry is always changing, evolving, and improving.
How a colleague describes Megan:
“Megan is an outstanding person and team member that everyone enjoys being around. She loves learning and teaching, which enables her to create, design and develop learning experiences for our team members. Megan is a ‘difference maker’ and we’re blessed to have her on our team!” ~Dr. Gene Burton