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        Helping you find a career in the property industry

        When you think of the property industry, you'll imagine an estate agent selling houses, but it's so much more than this! The property sector needs a highly skilled workforce to maintain historic buildings, plan new urban landscapes, secure investment for infrastructure projects, safely construct new homes, value our current homes, or maybe even bring a new town to life.

        There are opportunities within property to suit those of all different skillsets, backgrounds and working preferences. Whilst some roles will be in offices and follow set office hours, others will involve travel and liaising with the public or with government stakeholders - and maybe even some international travel.

        The three broad areas within property that you can work in are: commercial, residential or rural.

        Residential properties cover everything from bungalows to mansions, whereas commercial also includes buildings such as shopping centres, stadiums, gyms and restaurants. Within the rural sector you will deal with landed properties, farms, barns and stables.

        Each of these types of property have different aspects, which may require you to develop specialist knowledge, but many property professionals are able to work across all three.

        Elements of your job working in the property industry could be:

        • Surveying properties
        • Planning development
        • Securing investment for property development
        • Selling, buying, letting or renting property and land
        • Valuing land or property
        • Increasing the value of land or property
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        Skills & interests required for a career in Property

        To work in the property industry you must be analytical and able to pay attention to detail, particularly if you are conducting surveys and making sure that houses meet the government building standards.

        It'll also likely involve work with the public or other government departments, so good communication skills will be essential in the workplace.

        Graduate schemes & other typical career progression routes in Property

        Career progression will depend on which area of property you wish to go into. Architects, for example, have a clearly defined path that involves a degree and further training after university to get the necessarily qualifications.

        Building surveyors typically become either technical or chartered. A technical surveyor undergoes two years of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) training and then the Assessment of Technical Competence, whereas a chartered surveyor will study for the qualification through their employer and complete an Assessment of Professional Competence.

        If you decide to go into the sales side of property, you could work your way up to a managerial level and be in charge of a team.

        Tips for getting into the field

        Make a list of the top firms that you would like to work for and look at their websites to see what experience and skills they require. Make sure that these stand out in your application!

        Work experience in your chosen field will help you to stand out from other graduates. If your degree did not include a year in industry, utilise your summer holidays to do an internship or work placement.

        How much can graduates earn in Property?

        There are a myriad roles that you can do within property, but here are the average salaries of a selection of roles in the UK:

        Property manager - £23,275 Land surveyor - £24,887 Building surveyor - £29,506 Commercial property surveyor - £41,846 Quantity surveyor - £32,103 Estate agent - £21,000 (+ commission) Sales negotiator - £15,192 Architect - £33,683 Property administrator - £18,770 Marketing manager - £45,000

        What qualifications do I need for a career in Property?

        Usually graduates come into the property industry with a degree in business, construction or social sciences, but with the right training you can move into this discipline from any degree. There are numerous graduate schemes available in property that welcome graduates from all different academic backgrounds.

        If you have decided that you want to become a surveyor, it will be helpful if your degree is RICS certified, but if it is not there are plenty of conversion courses available - or your employer may offer to pay for your necessary qualifications.

        Property industry bodies

        Association of Residential Letting Agents
        National Association of Property Buyers
        Association of International Property Professionals
        British Institute of Facilities Management
        Construction Industry Council (CIC)
        Landscape Institute
        Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
        Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
        Royal Institute of British Architects