Equality of opportunity for everyone is essential for businesses to thrive. For 2019 International Woman’s Day, Michelle McSorley shares what #balanceforbetter means to her.
Introduce yourself for us
I’m Michelle McSorley and I am a Community Investment Manager for Wates Residential. For the last 16 years I have worked in community development and customer engagement, delivering services that help to improve the lives of residents within the communities where we are working.
How long have you been in your current role?
I have worked for Wates Residential for two years. I joined as a Community Investment Advisor and was promoted after one year to the role of a Community Investment Manager.
What brought you to Wates?
I had worked alongside Wates for over 14 years in similar roles on the housing associations side. This gave me a great understanding of the ethos and culture of the business so, when I saw the job advertised, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the team.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
Keep an open mind. There is vast selection of roles to choose from so you can find something that will really fit what’s right for you. There is so much opportunity, you just need to seize it. The work is enjoyable, fast paced and in a vibrant environment where you have the opportunity to build fantastic relationships.
Who are your role models?
My mum was my biggest role model. She was kind, caring, hardworking, strong. I learnt so much from her but, most of all, to grasp every opportunity that comes your way. Never be defeated by challenges but instead look for a solution to overcome them.
Michelle Obama also said something more recently that really resonated and has stuck with me since: “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”
This year the theme of International Women’s Day is Balance for Better. What does this mean for you personally?
That women are totally equal and we don’t have campaigns raising awareness of great women in the workplace we will instead be celebrating great people for their achievements regardless of their sex.