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 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!