100 for 100 Series: Sophie Jones | Wates

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

Sophie Jones - Commercial Management Trainee, Wates Construction Midlands

Introduce yourself for us

My name is Sophie and I’m a Commercial Management Trainee for Wates.

How long have you been in your current role?

I’ve been a trainee for Wates for around 1 year.

What brought you to Wates?

Upon leaving school, I was unsure of the career path I wanted to take. I knew I wanted to experience something brand new and exciting, a career I could learn from scratch. After searching the web and many discussions with my family, I came across Wates opportunities for school leavers. The quantity surveying option caught my eye as I knew this was a role my uncle had been in for many years and thoroughly enjoyed. The role intrigued me and I wanted something new to learn which would allow me to develop my existing skills, learn new things and broaden my knowledge on a range of industries.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

Don’t feel apprehensive to work in a male dominated industry. The number of women in construction is on the rise and I can vouch for that by being an apprentice myself and seeing the growing number of females entering the industry. Be confident and don’t think your opinion is less valued because you are a female. Be proud you are part of a movement and change within construction.

Who are your role models?

My mom is my role model as she has influenced me the most growing up. She’s a strong woman with a kind heart who also encourages me to strive for my best. She’s a fantastic friend and mom to me and my two sisters and always offers great advice! I like to think I get a lot of my good qualities from her.

Second would have to be Meryl Streep, the fan girl in me wouldn’t allow me not to mention her. “It’s good to push yourself and do what you don’t necessarily want to do, that if you’re not automatically good at it, you should try. Trying is so important.” – This quote is one of my favourites!

Tell us something unusual about you

I originally wanted to be an actress and auditioned for a TV show where I fell off my chair during my audition – might have been a reason I didn’t get the role!

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

In 100 years’ time I hope that racism, sexism and homophobia have come to a complete end and that the world overall is a lot more inclusive, however, I hope to see this happen much sooner!

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