Name: Nicola Jarman
Company: Jones Lang LaSalle, London
Position: Surveyor, property management
It’s not every day that you find yourself in the disused underground tunnels of Clapham High Street discussing the rent review. For Nicola Jarman though, this is just a normal working day – and one that sticks in her mind; "That counts as my scariest inspection!"
Regardless of such experiences, Nicola loves her career in surveying, "I really enjoy working with property and buildings, as they’re something tangible and you can actually see the physical impact your work is having. I enjoy working in management as it’s so varied and there are so many small things which cross my desk every day – it appeals to my organised side."
After reading international business and French at The University of Warwick, Nicola decided to study part time for two years at Kingston University in order to achieve a MSc in Real Estate, which allowed her to take her APC. Nicola took the non-cognate route to her APC and highly recommends it. "It’s hard work for a couple of years, but it’s doable, and at the end you’ll have qualified a year earlier than if you’d done the full-time masters."
Throughout her APC, Jones Lang LaSalle kept Nicola on track, she says, "They make sure that you are keeping records throughout your training years, and then provide plenty of study leave and revision lectures in the run up to the final assessment." For anyone considering taking the APC in the future, Nicola suggests you choose a
critical analysis and competencies that you have actually worked on, as it makes things much easier. This way you can draw on your own experiences.
Nicola now works for the management services department, which she very much enjoys. Her job is extremely varied and involves managing eight properties from large office buildings in central London to a retail park in the middle of
"Surveying is a great career for anyone," comments Nicola. "There are so many varied departments and jobs that you can do. You can specialise according to your interests and skills."