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.
Not sure whether a career in property is for you? Hear from Eleanor Prince (Surveyor, Avison Young) who attended the Summer School in 2013, and is now working in the industry.
I first heard about the Summer School when I was in my first year of sixth form studying for my AS-levels. At the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after sixth form and by chance saw an advert for the Summer School on the University of Reading website. The Summer School provided a great opportunity to gain an insight into real estate through lectures and group projects. I also experienced what it would be like to stay in university halls and met other students in the same position as me.
After finishing the Summer School I applied to study the undergraduate Real Estate course at the University of Reading. I really enjoyed the variety of topics studied on the course which included lectures on Law, Economics and Valuation in the first year. This became more specialised in the second and third year. The course also provided excellent careers support and every week a different property company would present with networking opportunities afterwards. There was also a range of workshops run by the careers team on interview techniques, writing a CV etc. which was really helpful in securing a graduate placement.
During my third and final year, I applied to a number of property companies. I particularly liked the friendly and welcoming culture at Avison Young and, as a large multi-disciplinary practice, the company offered opportunities to gain experience in a broad range of specialisms.
Overall, I have really enjoyed the graduate scheme and have gained experience in a number of different departments within the company. The company provided a lot of support through the APC process which was key in gaining my MRICS qualification in November 2019. There was flexibility to gain experience in teams depending on personal preference and there were also a number of graduate socials organised throughout the two years.
One piece of advice I would give to someone starting out into the property industry would be to gain as much work experience as possible. This provides an insight into the range of opportunities in real estate and will strengthen your CV. Any interests outside property such as sport, a summer job or volunteering, will also make you more of a well-rounded person and will demonstrate a variety of skills.
Eleanor Prince, Avison Young.
Tel: +44 (0)118 378 4196