Pathways to Property
2 August 2018
Students take first steps towards real estate careers at Pathways to Property
This year’s Pathways to Property Summer School saw 95 students from state schools across the UK welcomed to Henley Business School to take their first steps towards a career in real estate.
The fully funded residential programme, run by the Reading Real Estate Foundation, explores current themes such as housing, sustainability and regeneration. It enables young people to develop a better understanding of career opportunities in property and learn more about student life.
Led by the Pathways to Property Project team, supported by staff from the Real Estate and Planning department at Henley, the four-day event featured lectures from Henley academics, insight from industry experts and field trips, including to Kings Cross in London.
The students also worked in groups on a hypothetical scenario exercise, based around the development of the Madejski Stadium in Reading. The groups focused on different interested parties and stakeholders, for example local residents, environmental awareness groups, or the developer itself, and worked on presentations for a debate, which took place on the final day of the summer school.
Among those taking part this year were Saviel Monzac, 17, from Desborough College in Maidenhead, and Lisa Piacquadio, 17, from St Paul’s Catholic School in Milton Keynes.
“I’m arguing that the development is a bad idea for environmental reasons. It ties in with what I’m doing at school because I’m part of E-Cycle, a Young Enterprise company all about going green.”
“There aren’t many property career opportunities like this so when I saw it come up I jumped at the chance.”
Helping to run the event were student ambassadors from Henley who have previously benefited from it.
Participants who successfully enrol onto Real Estate and Planning programmes at Henley afterwards receive a £1,000 welcome bursary with opportunities for further financial support.
Jean-Pierre Choulet, Executive Director of Reading Real Estate Foundation and Director of Alumni & Development, Henley Business School, said:
“Our sixth summer school was again a great success, with many young people enjoying a unique experience and gaining valuable insight into the property industry. It was a privilege to witness their transformation first hand, as they grew in enthusiasm and knowledge about the sector. Their presentations to industry experts were particularly inspiring and showed just how talented they are - with their creative and original approaches receiving much praise.
“The students keen to make a difference in the world - and they left knowing that a career in property, supported by a degree in Real Estate & Planning from Henley Business School, will help them achieve this.”