Real Estate & Planning - Graduate of the Month - Hannah Bennett
1 September 2013
Our Graduate of the Month for September is Hannah Bennett who graduated in 2012 and is now working with Lambert Smith Hampton.
Our Graduate of the Month for September is Hannah Bennett who graduated in 2012 and is now working with Lambert Smith Hampton
SHP: It's now just over a year since you graduated from Real Estate & Planning, what are your first impressions of "the world of work"?
HB: I remember for the first couple of months of working I was so tired! It's a big transition going from lie-ins and taught lectures to early starts and real responsibility, but you do get used to it after a month or so. I was pretty daunted at the prospect of taking on lots of responsibility before I started my job at Lambert Smith Hampton, but the nature of the REP course prepares you really well for the everyday jobs you have to do. Also, the property world isn't all work and no play, which is a real plus point - there's always plenty going on outside of work!
SHP: You were one of the first cohorts of students to have an industry mentor, did you find that a useful link?
HB: The Reading Real Estate Foundation mentoring scheme is such a good concept - particularly if you don't have many existing contacts in the property industry. I was very lucky with my mentor in that she helped me to gain work experience with The Crown Estate, which undoubtedly helped me when it came to job applications. I'm still in touch with her and it was great to have someone in the industry to give advice on things like choosing modules and the job application process.
SHP: If you met a 17 year old who was thinking of taking a degree with Real Estate & Planning at Reading, what would you advice be?
HB: Go for it! I really don't think you can go wrong with the Real Estate & Planning course at Reading - it's very highly regarded amongst industry professionals, you will be taught by lecturers who are at the top of their field, and the course itself is very practical. I was originally attracted to the REP course because it has a business focus, and covers a breadth of broader areas such as Economics and Law, as well as more technical, property-focused topics such as valuation and investment appraisal. Plus the support you get from the REP department is invaluable - the mentoring scheme and careers advice service make a big difference and really helped me when it came to applying for jobs.
SHP: Thank you Hannah for letting us know what you've been up to since you graduated. I think our current students will be interested to hear about the transition to full time employment and it is encouraging to know that you felt that your degree prepared you well for the challenges.
We hope you will enjoy reading about the exploits of some of our alumni and gain an understanding of what can be done with a degree from Real Estate & Planning! If you are one of our graduates and would like to feature here...or would like to nominate someone else....please drop me an email: Scarlett Palmer
To see previous "Featured Graduates" visit our Graduate of the Month archive.