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Personality, skills and experience are as important as academic achievement, and many people in the job are not graduates. However, while a degree is not an essential entry requirement, increasing competition for employment means that taking a degree, foundation degree or HND in one of the following subjects may give you an advantage:

  • surveying;
  • property development/management;
  • estate management;
  • urban and land studies;
  • business-related studies;
  • civil and structural engineering.

A postgraduate qualification is not required for entering the career and professional exams can be taken once you are in the role.

You may be able to enter the profession at an administrator level and then progress to an estate agent with experience.

While pre-entry experience is not essential, a sales or administrative background is very useful as it can demonstrate that you have the required skills. A customer service background can also show that you have good communication skills. There are increasing amounts of legislation applicable to property transactions, which have to be understood by those in the profession, so experience of legal work may also be an advantage.

Candidates need to show evidence of the following personal qualities and skills:

  • skills in negotiation and persuasion;
  • a confident and outgoing manner;
  • commercial awareness and the ability to achieve sales targets;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • customer service focus;
  • determination, perseverance, and patience;
  • an understanding of marketing techniques;
  • IT skills.

Competition for entry varies according to the state of the economy, particularly the property market. Finding vacancies in buoyant times is relatively easy, but positions may not always be advertised so there is a need to make general enquiries on an informal basis.

For more information, see work experience and internships and search postgraduate courses.

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Written by AGCAS editors
January 2014

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