100 for 100 series: Adunni Abimbola | Wates

Equality of opportunity for everyone is essential for businesses to thrive. For 2019 International Woman’s Day, Adunni Abimbola shares what #balanceforbetter means to her.

Adunni Ambibola - Construction Trainee, Wates Construction


Introduce yourself for us

My name’s Adunni Abimbola and I work in London Residential as a Production Trainee.

How long have you been in your current role?

Since October – so about five months.

What attracted you to the job?

For me it was the family feel, the inclusiveness and the opportunity presented to me as an industry newcomer to grow in something I’ve never done before.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

Confidence – whether it’s training yourself through self learning, or speaking to various people that are confident in their role. Building confidence will help people respect you. Also, be true to yourself. Be you – as your uniqueness will be what brings an different angle to the business.

Who are your role models?

Oprah Winfrey – it’s nice to see somebody similar to yourself in a top role. It’s been inspirational watching her journey as she came from a challenging start. It shows anyone can end up being the absolute best version of themselves, by just having that self-belief.

Tell us something unusual about you

I’m originally a make-up artist. So moving from make-up to construction was a complete change, I’m almost starting again! I like the idea that if you’re determined, you can make that jump.

What changes would you like to see in 100 years’ time?

Inclusiveness – I think that’s so important. There’s so many people from different backgrounds, different ways to contribute, different experiences and if you can bring all these people together into one setting you’re only going to make things better because you’re not going to approach a problem from one direction, you’re going to approach it from different angles. Master inclusiveness and the company, and all of us, grow.

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