Sophie Morris is one of the superstar Recruitment Partners at Rowlands Recruitment who relocated to the island in 2021. Here we find out a bit more about Sophie and how she has found the move to Jersey.
What were you doing before you relocated to the island?
I lived in Wales and was working for a recruitment agency that manages the temporary workforce for The Royal Mint. With over three hundred contract staff at any one time, it was a role that was both fun and challenging. I was involved in everything from running the payroll to seasonal recruitment campaigns.
What brought you to Jersey?
My partner (now fiancé!) plays rugby, and he was offered a contract in Jersey. We both thought it was an excellent opportunity to live in a new location. We are both Welsh, and while we love Wales and our families are there, we wanted to experience a new place.
How are you finding Jersey?
We are both absolutely loving it! We were based in a very beautiful but relatively isolated valley in Wales. I had a long commute to work, and it was quite a trek even to socialise with friends. Being in Jersey has meant I have a better work-life balance, and it is also such a stunning place. I am still getting to know all the local spots, but I am really blown away by the beaches and the countryside here. The only thing I'm missing is my family – we're very close, so that has been hard at times. My Dad has been visiting regularly, though, and he loves it here too!
Do you have any favourite places/things to do in Jersey yet?
There are so many wonderful places to choose from, but I have to say I have a soft spot for La Mare Vineyard because that's where my fiancé proposed to me! For that reason, it will always be a special place. I also have to admit I’ve developed a bit of an addiction to the Sunday lunch at Cheffins!
How has the transition been from a UK recruitment agency to a Jersey one?
The team at Rowlands have made me feel so welcome and supported; it has been an incredibly positive experience. Everyone on the team has different skill sets, but we all share the same values – we work together as partners, we are all positive, and we all have high standards. The nature of the work is somewhat different, as I am working with a wide range of clients now rather than just one, but I enjoy that variety.
How would your friends and family describe you?
I think they would say that I wear my heart on my sleeve – I'm very emotionally open and honest and happy to share. Maybe sometimes too much! But basically, what you see is what you get.
What do you do when you’re not working?
My fiancé and I do a lot of walking, which is also a great way to get to know the island. I've also joined a local gymnastics class, as that has always been a passion of mine. Apart from that, like many people, I enjoy the Jersey social life and a bit of light television to unwind – Selling Sunset is currently my favourite.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I'm a huge country music fan, and I particularly adore Chris Stapleton. In my humble opinion, his song 'Starting Over' is probably the best song of all time.