Jordanne Wilson is an Apprentice Building Surveyor from Stoke-on-Trent. Jordanne joined Savills’ Birmingham office in 2016, at age 17 after deciding against the traditional university route, and dropping out of sixth form a year early to pursue her chosen career more directly. During the first two years of her apprenticeship, Jordanne completed a Surveying Technician Diploma with the UCEM and is now studying a BSc (Hons) Building Surveying Degree part-time with Birmingham City University which will last 5 years and culminate in her sitting her APC with the RICS.
For an insight into Jordanne’s journey into surveying read her first article in the RICS Built Environment Journal.
What is your ideal day away from the day job?
Reading, undisturbed with an enormous cup of tea, interspersed with cake and biscuits, followed by a sunny, hilly walk with the dog.
What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
I wake up at 5 o’clock (yes, I have two of those!), and feed and play with my puppy Cockalier, Monty.
What gadget can you not live without?
Earphones! I think I’d have a less severe reaction to the world ending than if I ever have to face my commute, listening to the real world instead of a podcast or my music.
What’s your favourite book and why?
I love so many books and am an avid reader but my all-time favourite would have to be The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It’s a colossal read at 1,200+ pages but an epic tale in every sense of the word. Naturally, I also love the Harry Potter series and absolutely anything written by Rick Riordan.
Which woman/man in history inspires you?
There are so many but, cliché though it may be, I have enduring respect and admiration for Queen Victoria. She was a fantastic leader, unafraid to break the rules, determined and more than a little stubborn in the face of so many critics and adversaries and she lead the country through one of the most (if not the most) innovative and progressive eras of our history. (Not to get too political but I would have loved to hear her thoughts on Brexit!)
What’s your motto/favourite quote in life?
Ever since I was at school I’ve psyched myself up before asking for things by telling myself “The worst thing they can say is ‘no’”, and it was one of the things I told myself before I applied for my apprenticeship as well.
In more recent years I attended a breakfast event where Debora Cadman, CEO of WMCA shared this quote whose origin I couldn’t find:
“Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You
can not withstand the storm.’
The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.’”
She urged us, a room of young property professionals to ‘Be the storm’ and sometimes when I find my resilience flagging, I find myself drawn back to that quote and find a little bit more to give.
What has driven your passion for diversity in your industry / sector?
I think it’s the desire to find others I identify with and can relate to, and how little it happens. While I work in a really rather diverse team myself, finding surveyors with a background similar to my own is somewhat rare, let alone finding female ones or finding them in highly-sought, senior positions. It’s happening more and more frequently but, contradictive as it seems, I want it to feel like less of a triumph when it happens, I want it to just be normality.
What tips do you have for managing your inbox?
There is an awesome method outlined in How to Be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Alcott that I’ve adapted to my own needs but is really useful.
It generally boils down to dealing with emails as soon as you read them, not letting them sit in your inbox (the metaphorical ‘landing strip’ of your email) and having as few folders and possible, with @ACTION, @READ, and @WAITING being your core three.
What advice do you have for managing work and life?
Set boundaries and stick to them. Designate the places to work and the places to relax (there was a time my kitchen table started to look like a desk and I took that as my cue to set up a home office in the box room). And lastly, working late and on weekends (when you’re not paid to, essentially) should always be the exception, not the rule and should be properly compensated with an equal (or indeed greater) amount of ‘you’ time.
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