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’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.