Carter Jonas


EADT Suffolk - - Women In Business -

Caro­line, Part­ner at Carter Jonas and Head of Res­i­den­tial Suf­folk, ad­vises on the sale and mar­ket­ing of coun­try houses and eques­trian prop­er­ties through­out Suf­folk and the borders. How did you choose your cur­rent ca­reer? Truth­fully, lack of sleep! I used to work in stock­broking with 5.30am starts. Prop­erty seemed an at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive al­though I quickly learned, to do the job well, I had to put in even more hours al­beit with less early starts! I love peo­ple and prop­erty, hence it made com­plete sense. In your work­ing life­time, how do you per­ceive things have changed for women? Per­son­ally, I had a great start in the City. Within a year, my boss en­cour­aged me to take my Stock Ex­change ex­ams - pro­mo­tion im­me­di­ately fol­lowed. I be­lieve if any­one is com­mit­ted to a job they are good at, they will thrive. Maybe we should con­cen­trate on women be­ing self-em­pow­ered by our unique abil­i­ties and ex­press­ing our­selves con­fi­dently. A woman’s nat­u­ral sym­pa­tico and spirit is ide­ally suited to prop­erty. It’s not a com­pe­ti­tion; we were born to be dif­fer­ent and for that to blend to­gether – hope­fully bril­liantly. Who in­spires you most, per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally? Great sports peo­ple. A say­ing that strikes a chord with me is “true free­dom comes through re­straint and dis­ci­pline”. As with all things, you have to put in hard work to get lucky. If drive, en­ergy and tenac­ity com­bine with com­pas­sion and de­meanour, you’ve got it. By­rony Frost, the out­stand­ing fe­male jockey and ris­ing star of the rac­ing world, is a shin­ing ex­am­ple. Tel: 01787 882881 E: caro­line.ed­wards@carter­ www.carter­

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