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Every day we are influenced by the built environment around us; shops, offices, industrial buildings, houses and the surrounding countryside all have an impact on the way we life. Did you ever wonder how these properties are developed, whether the buildings going up in our cities are sustainable or how much they are worth?

The Pathways to Property programme can help you learn more about the exciting and dynamic industry and the variety of careers within it. Below are some of the opportunities you can get involved in with Pathways to Property:

All the Pathways to Property activities are free to complete and open to all.

Group Work 2

Not sure whether a career in property is for you? Hear from Amirah Adewunmi, Graduate Surveyor, JLL who attended the Summer School in 2016, and is now working in the industry.

I first came across 'Pathways to Property' during my search for property related work experience and this motivated me to attend their summer school.

This was a great decision as it was a chance for me to expand my knowledge of the industry and explore future careers paths. The week was highly interactive and involved a variety of activities including formative lectures, site visits across the town and working with other students on a group project and presentation which we eventually delivered to a panel of industry professionals.

Pathways then gave me the opportunity to do work experience at Oxford Properties in Central London. During the week I shadowed various departments and was fortunate enough to tour asset properties and visit developments such as London Wall Place. This experience enabled me to understand the difference between the commercial and residential sectors and what the role of a commerical surveyor would typically entail.
Following my decision to study a business related undergraduate degree at Reading University I pursued my interest in property by studying their MSc Real Estate course. The course covered a wide range of topics and during my year I attended a number of the RREF lecture series which featured weekly lectures presented by different companies across the sector helping to enhance real estate commercial awareness. The careers fair and careers team also helped with future career plans, job applications and networking with property professionals.
I graduated in 2022 and have now begun my career in the industry as a Graduate Surveyor at JLL and I look forward to what the future holds. I encourage students to be inquisitive and open to explore a variety of property related career paths as there is an array of different roles and specialisms, this will then help in finding what interests you. Also immerse yourself in activities such as listening to webinars and podcasts, read property magazines and attend live networking events where possible. The built environment is constantly evolving and adapting to changes in society and this is what makes working in property such an exciting industry to be a part of!