2018 is a milestone year as it marks 100 years since women in the UK were given the right to vote as part of the Representation of the People’s Act.
At Wates we want to use this historic anniversary as a catalyst for promoting equality of opportunity for women across our industry. Throughout 2018 we are running a campaign called #100for100, where we will feature 100 women from across the business at all levels – providing a window into the daily working lives of our female colleagues and a platform for their views.
Our latest entrant is below, plus You can see all current featured employees here
Introduce yourself for us
My name is Samena Choudhury and I am the Early Careers Recruiter for Wates.
How long have you been in your current role?
I started at Wates as an Early Careers Assistant and moved into the Early Careers Recruiter role. It’s coming up to 6 months now!
What brought you to Wates?
If I’m completely honest I didn’t know much about Wates before I started. When I saw the role advertised it looked really interesting, I did a bit more research into the business and the unique qualities really attracted me to apply. I found the interview process really informative, and everyone that I was introduced to came across very passionate and had been with Wates for a long time – so this was a massive positive for me!
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
Construction is one of the most exciting and impactful industries that anyone could go into and there is such a variety of roles. As an Early Careers Team we take on a large number of Graduates and Apprentices every year. I have been with Wates for 3 years now and the number of females that are applying for our programmes is ever increasing which is fantastic to see. My advice would be not to discount construction, our females trainees and apprentices will tell you that the construction industry is not just for males and the projects and sites they work in are very diverse.
Who are your role models?
Malala Yousafzai – she remains a prominent voice for Women’s educational rights around the World and her journey is truly inspirational.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years time?
Inclusiveness – and I hope to see this much sooner than in a 100 years’ time!