Job title: Currently associate partner in the estate-agency department of a chartered surveyors. Now qualified as a chartered surveyor, he will soon be a residential charted surveyor at a different firm.
University: Exeter University.
Degree and classification: Geology (BSc)
Why did you choose your degree?
I wanted to do a general science degree. You could call me an all-rounder, so it suited me very well to study the various disciplines. Then recently I took a postgraduate diploma in chartered surveying at the College of Estate Management. I had to do it via distance learning, outside work hours. By getting the surveying diploma under my belt I found it was a fantastic way to open doors, and as a result as qualifying as a chartered surveyor I got a new job.
What motivated you to apply for the job you’re in?
Having been in estate agency for more than 10 years, I was in a comfort zone. But I knew I could achieve more, that’s why I enrolled on the postgraduate course to take my ability a bit further.
What did the application process involve?
I went straight into my existing job after a spell in the Army. I sent my CV to companies in my local town, then when I got a job, worked my way up from trainee to running the department. Then, having been in estate agency, I did another correspondence course. With a certificate in estate agency,
I was elected as a fellow of estate agents, which stood me in good stead for 10 years. But I knew I could take things forward. The College of Estate Management course is a fantastic way to go from a non-professional degree into a profession.
What does your job involve?
At the moment, it involves residential house sales dealing with the public, matching public with stock, and objection management. My new role will include obtaining professional valuations for banks and building societies.
What do you do on a typical day?
In my new job I will be visiting about five residential properties a day. Then it’s a case of preparing reports on them and making an assessment of their value.
What do you enjoy most about the job?
At the moment the two aspects I enjoy most are meeting people and getting to see some extremely interestinghouses, of all styles, ages and conditions.
What are the most difficult aspects?
Definitely dealing with the objections when nursing a sale through. It tends to be a very emotional time for people; you have to guide them through it gently. It can be fraught and tense when relying on other people in the chain.
What advice do you have for students considering a similar career path?
For chartered surveying, I would strongly recommend the Estate Management diploma as the next step. It is also important to find a placement. For estate agency you can go straight from university; if you want to progress you can gain qualifications while in the job.