Elina finds her way in a man’s world

Elina Matalomani enters data on a tablet after disussions with FHH Savusavu depot foreman Filimone Baleinaivirewa. Picture: SUPPLIED

ELINA Matalomani of Waikiloa settlement in Bagata Village, Cakaudrove is the only female road inspector working for Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) at the Savusavu depot on Vanua Levu.

Elina is convinced that gender is not as important as hard work or making a contribution.

A FHH road inspector and database administrator, Elina says work is not built for gender and that both males and females can contribute their talents and work to always improve themselves.

She began work for FHH in 2014 after completing her TPAF diploma in information technology, majoring in networking.

As well as inspecting roads and reporting to the FHH asset manager with her own and colleagues’ inspections, she assists the depot managers and supervisors with quality control, building the depots’ monthly work programs and processing claims upon the completion of work.

“My motivation is to become a qualified, effective and valuable member within a professional organisation like FHH, and to further develop and strengthen my working skills and knowledge,” she said.

Elina attended Qalitu District School, Savusavu Secondary School completing Year 12, and then moved to Suva for her final year as a Year 13 student at DAV Girls College in Samabula.

“I am grateful to FHH for mentoring me through knowledge transfers and in-house trainings that we go through, it has boosted my knowledge and I know I have acquired a lot of skills and experience that was not taught in universities and other companies,” she said.

She sees herself slowly developing as a leader, particularly in sharing her knowledge, experience and skills with other workers.