Building the Future of Business with Pathways

17 June 2017

Building the Future of Business with Pathways

Access to a career within the property sector may not always be straightforward for some. Pathways to Property, a widening participation initiative set up by the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) – a registered charity operating within Henley Business School – provides a way in for students, regardless of family history or industry connections, via a world-renowned degree.

Access to a career within the property sector may not always be straightforward for some. Pathways to Property, a widening participation initiative set up by the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) – a registered charity operating within Henley Business School – provides a way in for students, regardless of family history or industry connections, via a world-renowned degree.

The programme is committed to raising awareness of careers in real estate, particularly to students who may not have heard of the many opportunities available in this sector, or whose familial circumstances might disadvantage them from entering.

Since its inception in 2012, Pathways to Property has engaged over 9,000 students and 1,700 teachers, provided more than 120 work experience placements and has successfully delivered four summer schools. Thanks to the financial and voluntary support of our alumni community and industry partners, as well as the tireless work of the Pathways to Property team and the RREF, 118 students are now studying at university, with over half of them reading for a course related to the property sector.

This is a particularly special year for the initiative as the first cohort of students to have come through the Pathways to Property programme, will graduate from the Department of Real Estate & Planning. We caught up with two of these students and asked them to reflect on their experience of Pathways to Property, studying at Henley Business School and their ambitions for the future.

‘I had not seriously considered property as a career option before the Summer School and it was just one of many possible degrees I was researching.  My perception of property was that it was a lot more niche, and I was unaware of how broad and varied it is. The Summer School was a very significant factor in deciding to pursue a career in property.  Through site visits, sample lectures and meeting lecturers, it demonstrated the breadth of opportunities in property and how varied the work would be. [Pathways to Property] is a very worthwhile and important cause, and it is helping to promote property to a wider audience, many of whom would otherwise be unaware of the opportunities within property.  This [work] will ensure that property continues to be a varied and modern profession that can evolve with changing trends.’ (Eleanor)

‘For me, the Summer School was the first step into a career in the property industry and a lot can be achieved with the help of RREF and the Pathways to Property initiative. As a charity, the donations to RREF and the Pathways to Property initiative are absolutely essential to ensure its continuation into the future.  I have experienced first-hand how brilliant the scheme is for helping students become aware of a potential career in property and giving them all the help they can throughout life at university. My first step in giving back to RREF is becoming a Pathways to Property Student Ambassador… [and] I also hope to continue helping RREF with anything, whenever I can. One possible way is to take part in the mentoring scheme and, potentially, become a donor in the not too distant future.’ (Bradley)

We are already looking forward to seeing the Pathways to Property graduands flourish in their careers in the property sector. We also hope that they will be joined by many others who will act as ambassadors for the initiative, and be shining examples of this exemplar route into the property sector.

The fifth Summer School will take begin on 24 July, taking place over four days at the University of Reading, with 100 students entering onto the programme.

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