Case study

Negotiator — Jenny

Although not essential for her career as an estate agent, Jenny has found that her degree in real estate has helped to set her apart from other candidates

How did you get your job?

After completing my degree, I applied for jobs and ended up working for an independent lettings agency. I left shortly afterwards as I realised I wanted to work for a bigger company with more room for progression.

I applied for the job, had a telephone interview, two face-to-face interviews and did a numeracy and literacy test before being offered the job.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

My degree has made me more knowledgeable in my career but it was not essential for getting the job, although I do believe it set me apart from other candidates.

What are your main work activities?

We have a meeting in the morning, followed by chasing feedback from the viewings the day before.

I answer emails and enquiries that have come in overnight; go out on viewings; deal with offers and negotiations and call out new properties to all our applicants.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

I have recently been promoted from trainee to negotiator and hope to progress to senior negotiator soon, before eventually becoming a manager.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy meeting people and being able to successfully find them their dream home.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

Having to tell people they have lost out on a house is heartbreaking.

Any advice for someone who wants to get into this job?

Although it is not essential to have a degree in this career, it really does help to set you apart from other applicants and is especially useful if you don't have any work experience.

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