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Break The Bias: Meet Laura Morgan In Praxis Property

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Break The Bias: Meet Laura Morgan In Praxis Property

International Women’s Day Employee Spotlight On Laura Morgan

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Break The Bias. We asked our own Laura Morgan to share her experience of being a woman studying and working in the male-dominated field of property.

At university, Laura studied Planning & Property Development. After graduating, she interned at Belfast Harbour in their Estates Department which oversaw the management of the Harbour and the the City Quays development before moving to Vancouver, Canada in 2017. She received her Strata Management License from the University of British Columbia while managing property projects. After a few years, she returned to the UK where she worked in both Brighton and Belfast for family owned estate agents before joining Praxis Care as property manager a year ago.

Q: What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

A: International Women’s Day is always a great opportunity to see what has been accomplished in the last year all over the world, whether this is women growing their own businesses or learning about recent changes in legislation that promote gender equality and women’s rights. Often March 8th is the only day that you’ll see much buzz on these topics on social media so it’s a really important day to build each other up, share positive stories and it allows younger women to see what they can achieve.

Q: This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias. Did you feel any hesitation before entering your sector, in fear of gender bias?

A: In short no, I didn’t have any hesitation as I didn’t really think about it at the time. It wasn’t until I went to university and saw the uneven split of males to females in my class and the School of Built Environment as a whole that I realised property was a very male dominated industry.

In the next few years I hope to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. With this membership I’ll be able to mentor others to achieve the same certification going forward. I’d love to be able to help other women achieve success in the property industry this way.

Q: What advice would you give to any young women considering a career in a male dominated sector?

A: Don’t let a male-dominated workplace or industry put you off if you know it’s the career for you and you have a passion for it. The disparity in male dominated industries will not change if more women don’t join them.

Q: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

A: All the hard work you’re putting in at university will pay off so keep it up. And don’t worry about what other people are doing or how fast they seem to be establishing themselves and their careers, you’re on your own path.

Thank you to Laura for sharing and happy International Women’s Day!

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