13 October, 2016

Getting to know... Sophie

Everyone that works at M&S is an individual. That’s why we hired them. We spotted something in them that made us say yes to them. Behind every person in every role is a personality. Meet Sophie.

1.    Tell us your biggest ambition.

It’s my absolute dream to travel around the world for a year. I love the idea of jumping on a plane with no particular plans. I adore travelling and experiencing new cultures, especially the food! I have been lucky enough to travel to India as part of the M&S graduate scheme, visiting the offices of one of our IT partners. It was amazing and has only fuelled the travel bug!

2.    Who inspires you and why?

Anyone who is passionate about what they do, whatever that may be. The people in my life who put in 100% definitely make me feel driven to push myself that little bit harder.

3.    As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

I wanted to be a doctor but I’m incredibly squeamish, so I wouldn’t have lasted very long! 

4.    What do you see as your major strength? 

Empathy. I like to think about things from other peoples’ perspective. It’s an important trait in my job as a Business Analyst, building strong relationships and understanding different stakeholders’ needs. 

5.    What is your proudest moment – in work and outside?

Out of work: I got married last year. It’s true what they say: it was the best day of my life so far. I felt amazing to be called a wife… not to mention grown up!

At work, I took part in the Prince’s Trust Movement to Work scheme, acting as a buddy for two young people. The scheme is a collaboration of UK employers tackling youth unemployment. My two candidates spent 4 weeks with M&S on work experience, visiting different areas of the business. One of my buddies was offered a permanent position at us as a result of the scheme. I felt so proud of her!

6.    What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Who gave it and how have you put it to good use.

My mum always taught me to treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself. Classic advice but it has always stuck with me. People are always much more willing to help you if they feel as though you would do the same for them.

7.    Tell us something unexpected about you. 

I’m a Platinum Chief Scout. I love the outdoors and have been part of the association since I was 12. I’ve done some incredible things as a Scout – my favourites being expeditions to South America and Iceland. It’s also where I met my husband so I have very fond memories.

8.    What are the most important things to you in life – aside from family and friends (that goes without saying). 

I am a very results-oriented person. It’s important to me to do things to the best of my ability and I like to see the fruits of my labour. If I don’t, I can get a little disheartened. 

9.    Which M&S value – Innovative, Inspiration, In Touch, Integrity – do you most identify with and why? 

I would say integrity. Like I said, I think it’s important to behave the way you would want others to. Act with integrity and hopefully others will follow suit. It is a firm foundation to build upon when striving for the remaining values.

10.    What motto do you live your life by?

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

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