Success story: Louise Lawson, Sponsored Student Quantity Surveyor, Henry Woodrow
I started university without a sponsorship and met Henry Woodrow at the careers day of my first term. We exchanged details and I sent over my CV and by December Henry Woodrow came back to interview me on campus. I was asked a series of questions and thought I had done really awfully having only had 2-3 months of lectures but I made it clear I didn’t have all the answers but I was willing to learn and they recognised the potential and offered me a sponsorship with them.
Immediately I was in such a stronger position than any of the other students around me. Every year I receive financial support from Henry Woodrow which takes away the need to work that extra bar shift and means I can focus fully on my studies. It’s not just the financial support you receive I have spoken to staff throughout the year who have called to check how my studies are going. When I selected my dissertation topic I was invited to come in to the head office for the day to talk to staff relevant to what I was writing about. When I wanted to take part in a part 3 module which required we provide our own safety boots Louis Woodrow provided them for me.
Every summer I am guaranteed at least 8 weeks of paid work experience on top of my sponsorship money from Henry Woodrow which means before I have graduated I already have that experience and have met future colleagues. Before I have even graduated I can say I have worked on Crossrail for two summers because you are being placed on the biggest and best projects. Much like with the summer placements, I don’t have the stress returning back to uni of having to find my graduate job because I have already signed a contract I just need to make my grades.
Contracting is definitely the route for me. I like understanding how my role fits in to the bigger process and meeting colleagues in other roles and getting to go out on site. I have loved being at university and progressing in my roles there but I look forward to what my next challenges will be when I graduate next year. As I progress with my career, I want to encourage others, particularly women to join this profession.