I finished my A-Levels with little idea of a possible future career, so I chose to go to university to study Geography as this is what I found most interesting. It was during my time at the University of Leeds that I met several Geography graduates who had since found careers as surveyors. Inspired by this seemingly natural progression from Geography to Real Estate, I decided to look for internships so I could get some experience in the industry. I was fortunate to be offered a place on Cushman & Wakefield’s competitive Summer Internship scheme in 2018, where I spent 6 weeks in their London offices across several different commercial teams.
I then went on to study an RICS accredited Masters in Real Estate Planning and Development at the University of Sheffield with a view to becoming a commercial surveyor, which I finished in September 2019. Just one week after submitting my postgraduate dissertation, I began working at Brown & Co within the Commercial team as a Graduate Surveyor.
In the office
My day-to-day work generally spans 3 elements of commercial real estate; Agency, Valuation and Property Management, allowing me to address various aspects of the APC competencies simultaneously.
I feel extremely fortunate to have such a varied workload- no two days are ever the same! With inspections, viewings, discussions with both landlords and tenants, receiving and responding to enquiries, working on valuations and general property management tasks, the last 3 months have been a steep learning curve but one I have thoroughly enjoyed.
To document progress towards the APC, I keep a record of every aspect of my work which I aim update daily. I also have regular meetings with my counsellor to maintain momentum, go over material and address any queries.
I think I speak for all graduates when I say we have an exciting year ahead. With the introduction of our firm's Graduate Core Training sessions covering key topics such as client management, accounts processes and CDM, we have been given the opportunity to attend 3 sessions this year. The first took place in February which was a fantastic opportunity to meet everyone across the different offices, but also to learn fundamental skills and of course gain some invaluable CPD!
Through associations such as RICS Matrics, I have been able to meet a number of other graduate surveyors within Norwich. As the only Graduate Surveyor within the Commercial department of the Norwich office, this network has already been extremely beneficial as I have been able to compare my experience and progress so far as we advance through the APC together. It has also been great to hear from surveyors who have recently sat the APC, to get their advice moving forward and listen to their unique perspectives on the process.