While studying for a degree in real estate, Daniel also got some work experience with a property consultancy. Find out how his knowledge and experience helped him secure a job in the property market
What degree did you study?
I studied for a BSc (Hons) Real Estate at Birmingham City University (BCU) and graduated with a first class honours in 2017.
How did you get your job?
I joined the graduate scheme at Lambert Smith Hampton after applying for the role following work experience with them during my last two years at university. The graduate scheme involves a two-year programme in which I rotated to different departments including valuation and industrial agency to gain a range of experience.
I successfully completed the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in 2019 to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). During the graduate scheme I decided to specialise in industrial agency and have remained within this team covering the West Midlands since qualifying.
How relevant is your degree?
Having an undergraduate degree in real estate was crucial to getting on the graduate scheme as it was a requirement within the job description. My degree from BCU gave me the required skills and knowledge of the commercial property environment, which provided me with a good platform to start my career in the property market.
What's a typical working day like?
I work within the industrial and logistics team specialising in disposing, acquiring and providing strategic advice on industrial and distribution property. I act for a range of clients including investors, funds, occupiers and developers dealing with a variety of industrial and warehouse property.
A typical day might involve visiting industrial premises to undertake a viewing with a potential occupier or inspecting a property to provide strategic marketing advice for a client. In a typical day I will discuss occupier interest with our clients and advise them during negotiations for leasehold or freehold transactions to ensure that best value is achieved. I communicate with occupiers who are actively looking for industrial warehouses in the West Midlands and assist with satisfying their requirements.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy working on a good range of industrial property in terms of size, specification and location across the West Midlands. This career path is diverse and involves spending time out of the office visiting properties and meeting clients and occupiers. I enjoy the daily interaction and communication with people and I relish the challenges that I face on a daily basis to achieve the best results for my clients.
There is always something new to learn and new opportunities to get involved in, which is exciting. I have been a member of the RICS for over a year and I am enjoying the increased responsibility of dealing with my own instructions.
What are the challenges?
There are a number of external factors including the economy, COVID-19 and Brexit which impact on the demand and supply for industrial property and I have to adjust my advice to reflect these threats and opportunities for the property market.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
In the next five years I hope to progress my career with Lambert Smith Hampton and gain promotions within my team.
What advice can you give to others?
My top tip would be to gain relevant work experience in the property market while you are studying as this allows you to gain real life experience and also to make connections in the property world which may assist with securing a full-time job after you graduate. BCU are often able to assist with securing work experience using their connections in the Birmingham property market.
I would also recommend that you work part time in a non-property environment during your university studies. This stands out to employers and demonstrates that you are hardworking and can deal with studying a degree and working part time.
Keep up to date with the political and economic news and the property markets in your local area, whether that be a residential or commercial development close to your house or a large redevelopment project in your nearest city or town. It is important to develop a good knowledge of the macroeconomy and property market to understand the factors that affect it
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