To support #InternationalWomensDay on 8 March 2022, we caught up with some of our amazing female colleagues to share their experiences.

Sandra Frost, Maintenance Surveyor, shares her experience.

“I’m a Maintenance Surveyor and have been with Magna for three and a half years. I joined on an advanced apprenticeship to obtain the Surveying Technician Diploma through UCEM and associate membership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It was hard work, but I got there with Distinction in every subject.

I was looking to channel myself from my previous Facilities Management role into Surveying as I really enjoyed the challenge and variety. This role was like a huge bespoke gift to me from Magna and one that I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity and proud to be part of.

“My awareness of gender inequality was abruptly awakened when I was 12. The Head of Curriculum told me that the subjects I had chosen to study to exam level would need to be changed because computer studies were only available to boys.

“I remember the week well - it was the same week I was awarded a commendation at school assembly for my technically perfect, hand tool crafted, dovetail jointed box I had made in the woodwork taster lessons. Woodwork wasn’t available to girls at exam level either.

“I accepted it and moved on, but the experience wasn’t wasted. It gave me drive, motivated me and strengthened my resolve that I would find a way to do things that I wanted to do, and I did.

“At 16, my physics teacher asked me to attend a taster week at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. It was for women with an interest and flair for science and technology. It was a great experience, with huge motivational input from the Astronomer Heather Couper.

“I have spent all my working life in roles that have traditionally been male-dominated; firstly Facilities Management and now Surveying. I have been fortunate to have been mentored, encouraged and supported by many good people for which I am very grateful. Thankfully the negative experiences have been few and just serve to strengthen resolve.

“So to my 12-year-old self, I would now say CHALLENGE IT, big time. Just like all the heroic people who had gone before me to ensure that I even had the opportunity of an education and a fair chance to achieve.

“I know why the chicken crossed the road – because she could.”

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