Construction student wins women in property award
BSc (Hons) Construction Management student, Paige Gough, is celebrating after being announced as a winner in the south-east Women in Property Student Awards.
Paige, a part-time student at Solent and Buyer at Drew Smith Limited, is one of three regional winners, and will go onto represent the South-East at the national final in September 2021.
The National Awards programme, sponsored by Bouygues and Savills nationally and Amazon for the South-East region was established to seek out the top built environment students each year and raise awareness to the many amazing and diverse career opportunities offered across this industry.
Each of the winners receives a £500 cash prize, a trophy and the opportunity to take part in Women in Property’s mentoring programme.
We caught up with Paige to find out more about her win, and how her studies at Solent are supporting her in her career:
Hi Paige, congratulations on your win! Tell us a bit about the awards, and how you came to be shortlisted:
The awards celebrate women in the industry who are currently in their second year of study within many different areas of the built environment. I was nominated by my lecturer Denise White who thought it would be a beneficial process and who believed my credentials would fit what the WIP awards were looking for. I went through a process of being nominated and then shortlisted from my CV and then onto a round of interviews which included a 15 minute presentation on something in the built environment I was interested in and passionate about. This for me was linked to my Economics and Finance module I took in my first year, I focused on GDP in the industry and the effects both Covid-19 and Brexit have had.
How does it feel to be a regional winner?
I am thrilled to be the regional winner, it was such a surprise and really lovely to be recognised and acknowledged for my hard work and studies. I am up against many other young, passionate and very knowledgeable women who I am excited to share this platform with and I can only hope that I do have a chance at winning the final at Claridge’s in September. I have everything crossed!
How are your studies at Solent going so far?
My studies are going well, it is quite the task to juggle work and studying and ensuring that a balance is found however I am enjoying the challenge. I am pleased that my current progress and hard work is being reflected in the results I am achieving and hope this will continue in my third year to ensure I finish my degree with the grade I am aiming for. I think it is beneficial I am studying alongside a full-time role as I can apply the things I have learnt at University to my day-to-day job and vice versa.
Andy Dodson, Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Construction Management said of Paige’s success “Paige has worked exceptionally hard during her time her at Solent, with her being one of the strongest students in her cohort. Paige’s managing director speaks highly of her and her work ethic. As a course team we are very proud of Paige and her achievements to date and wish her all the best in the national finals in September.”