Case study

Surveyor — Jack

After graduating with a degree in Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Jack gained employment with the company where he'd undertaken work experience

How did you get your job?

I work as a chartered surveyor in residential investment and development for Allsop.

Having previously undertaken work experience in Allsop's Leeds and London offices, I was offered a postgraduate job in the Leeds office upon graduation.

What's a typical working day like?

Allsop's residential arm deals with portfolio/investment valuations, loan security valuations, high-value single dwellings, development appraisals, houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), student accommodation, the private rented sector and affordable housing.

We acquire and dispose of properties (blocks of flats, converted buildings, mixed-use investments or large portfolios), acting on behalf of property companies, high-net worth individuals, receivers and administrators.

My primary role is with the sale of property, so a typical day involves fielding enquiries and offers, undertaking viewings and appraising potential new properties for the market.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It is rare for me to spend all five days of the working week at my desk - I am always on the road and I deal with a vast range of opportunities.

What are the challenges?

The current property market is forever changing and we must keep a close eye on it at all times.

In what way is your degree relevant?

The real estate degree at NTU gives you a great, wide-ranging knowledge base for going into the property industry. It allows you to build on this with your chosen path beyond university, without restricting your options too much.

How has your role developed?

While working, I have undertaken and gained the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). My MRICS (Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) status means that I am a chartered surveyor, working to recognised industry standards.

My role has developed from assisting senior members of my team to taking on instructions myself; dealing with properties from instruction to sale.

What advice can you give to others wanting to get into this job?

Prior, office-based work experience is the key to success. Mine definitely paid off as I was offered a job with the company where I'd undertaken my work experience.

You also need to be a 'people person' and work incredibly hard.

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