RICS careers guide
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Contents What is RICS?
it means ALearn about 06AWhat Ato be chartered 20Athe broad
What is surveying?
CBRE are breaking the mould investing in the NEXT GENERATION - the future lifeblood of the organisation.
Benefits of RICS
have joined forces to promote careers in surveying
AThe world's most sought after professional status
You want your APC qualification, that’s a given. But CBRE is about a whole world more than that. For a start, we serve around 85% of the Fortune 100 leading global companies; proof, if you needed it, of the world class organisation you would be joining.
Chartered Surveyors Training Trust
Build your future
AChoose the Aright path to qualification for you
ASupporting Ayoung people in apprenticeships
Summary of the specialisms
AChoose from A17 different surveying areas
your 16ABuild Afuture in construction
Property needs you
24ALeading Aproperty firms
GRADUATES The CBRE Graduate Scheme is an ideal place to start your career. With a leading industry professional as your mentor, you’ll truly be working with the best. What’s more, with clients and projects all over the world, the opportunities to develop your career with us is huge.
spectrum of property
An introduction Ato this diverse profession
People are the foundation upon which our success is built. Our people are free to expand their skills and knowledge to drive their careers and reach their full potential. We are always looking for new faces to join our diverse, high-calibre teams. We want people at all levels of knowledge and experience, who think creatively and collaborate successfully with a team and with clients.
APPRENTICESHIP CBRE’s Apprenticeship Scheme and school engagement programme is helping to bring fresh new talent into the commercial real estate market. This initiative offers young people aged 16-24 an accredited route to becoming a fully qualified Chartered Surveyors.
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Welcome to the world of chartered surveying Fancy building an Olympic stadium? Or advising the Bank of England on subsidies for first time buyers? Perhaps being part of the Disaster Emergency Committee tasked with rebuilding Haiti following the earthquake? Or working with the United Nations to ensure global food security?
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planning 42AtoFrom rural – see how land surveyors make a difference
into 08AInsights Athe world of 26 surveying from Sahar 33 Rezazadeh, William Waller, Alexandra 38 Fitzpatrick and Emma-Kate Ryan
From working out how the world will house a population heading towards 9 billion people, to providing housing repair advice to people affected by flooding, with more people and evolving lifestyles, we’re facing new environments in which to adapt. At the heart of today’s biggest global construction, infrastructure, land use and housing provision challenges, is a profession that doesn’t first come to mind, but is the main artery to their existence – chartered surveyors. Globally, the profession is in high demand and over 50% of newly qualified professionals come from outside the UK. RICS is the most sought after professional status in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure and continues to gain government and market recognition for its standards across the globe. This recognition underpins and builds RICS’ status as the global standard setter in the land, real estate, construction and infrastructure arena.
In turn, this emphasises the value RICS members, and those working to achieve RICS status, add to their employers, clients and society through their skills and expertise. With this in mind I hope you enjoy reading Surveying 2016 and find the guide useful to help you understand the diverse world of surveying.
Sean Tompkins RICS Chief Executive
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What is RICS? RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve. We accredit 118,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise covers property valuation and management; the costing and leadership of construction projects; the development of infrastructure; and the management of natural resources, such as mining, farms and woodland. From environmental assessments and building controls to negotiating land rights in an emerging economy; if our members are involved the same professional standards and ethics apply. We believe that standards underpin effective markets. With up to seventy per cent of the world’s wealth bound up in
land and real estate, our sector is vital to economic development, helping to underpin stable, sustainable investment and growth around the globe. With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed standards at a national level. We also work at a crossgovernmental level, delivering a single, international standard that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, for the benefit of all. We are proud of our reputation and we guard it fiercely, so clients who work with an RICS professional can have confidence in the quality and ethics of the services they receive.
What is surveying?
Surveying is one of the most exciting and diverse careers around.
Surveyors are essentially professionals who measure, value, protect and enhance all the world’s physical assets – from the city skyscrapers to sporting stadiums, forests to festival sites, shopping centres to the homes we live in. Surveying is an exciting and diverse career choice that can give you the opportunity to travel, earn a great salary, work on a vast array of different projects and have a great work/life balance. Chartered surveyors are often responsible for co-ordinating entire projects, which may involve managing other professionals. What’s more, surveying has an incredibly broad scope. No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find your perfect role in one of 17 areas of professional expertise.
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No two days are the same: you could be out on site meeting clients one day, travelling to an international office the next
No matter where you are in life, if you’re a school leaver, university graduate or thinking of a career change, there are clear ways for you to become a chartered surveyor
As a chartered surveyor, your professional knowledge and expertise is relied upon by the public, just like a lawyer or a doctor
See your achievements realised in the world around you, from finishing the construction of a stadium, to helping someone buy their dream home, to protecting the environment
A career as a chartered surveyor can see you earning higher than average salaries – for example, the average annual salary for an RICS professional is £54k
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Tell us about your pathway into surveying.
Sahar Rezazadeh Surveyor Central London Retail CBRE
Initially I read Political Science as an undergraduate so the jump to property was perceived to be an outlandish one. However, my political background has consistently proven to be a good foundation for my career. I then undertook an MSc in Real Estate Management which I opted for as it was an RICS accredited degree. I was confident that it would equip me with the qualifying skills and knowledge to succeed in the industry. I then embarked on a host of internship opportunities with local real estate firms as well as the big players including Savills, Colliers International, GVA and CBRE – who I now work for.
Why did you choose your specialism? Retail and Leisure Agency is a varied line of service as I get the opportunity to work with a broad range of landlords as well as a vast array of occupiers, from local independents to the high end international luxury brands. Correspondence with all of these parties can be a challenge as we approach each very differently in tone and offering. I thrive on this challenge. I also always enjoy learning about upcoming brands and operators and love playing my part in nurturing young, new enterprises.
What do you like most about surveying? Hitting the road. In my role, I rarely get the opportunity to do this as a lot of the properties we deal with are within walking distance in the City Centre. This could be why I enjoy doing so when the opportunity arises. It is definitely nice to have days out of the office, onsite and exploring a new location.
What has been your experience of the training process? The structured training programme ensures you acquire the right experience ahead of the assessment. It is a stringent process. However, it is predominantly hands on and assesses day-to-day working activity in your chosen competencies with goals to meet throughout, so you are always improving yourself.
What advice would you give to people starting out in the surveying industry? There’s no such thing as a stupid question. If in doubt ask and ask again. The surveying profession is regulated by codes and best practice guides which are excellent. However, the broad variety of instructions we receive and the nature of the spaces we may deal with means that there will always be something out of the ordinary. Always share your concerns with your seniors and other colleagues, and they will be supportive.
Would you recommend a career in surveying? Absolutely. Surveying is an exciting mix of commercial activity and social interaction. It is perfect for young people who are looking for a more rounded career. For example, I enjoy working with numbers, however I could not sit in the office writing reports, analysing spread sheets and figures day in, day out. During my experience in valuation, I had the best of both worlds. I was delivering clients valuation figures and reports one day and on another day I was out inspecting a football ground.
Benefits of RICS As the leading property professional body setting and enforcing standards, RICS qualifications provide unparalleled market confidence. There is global demand for our professional credentials underpinned by ethical principles and independent regulation. Joining RICS not only provides you with a prestigious professional qualification but it is also recognised throughout the world across the land, real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors - making it a global passport to career opportunities. And when you become chartered, your earning potential substantially increases – in 2014/15 the average annual salary of an RICS professional was £54k.
Status - prestigious qualification
Recognition - global passport
The first step to becoming chartered Gaining an RICS accredited degree is the most accepted way of becoming a chartered surveyor. However, many people start off with an associated qualification, such as a geography degree, and then undertake an RICS conversion degree.
Achieve RICS status and become part of the leading professional body for land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
What happens after you graduate? After completing an RICS accredited degree or diploma you’ll then need two or three years’ work experience before taking your RICS professional assessment interview – known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). The APC is to ensure you are competent to practise as a chartered surveyor.
Market advantage - increased earning potential
Knowledge - access to RICS resources
Network - with fellow professionals
Top five benefits of RICS ∑ status
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Just left school?
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Want to go to university?
Take an RICS accredited degree
APC min 24 months’ structured training
Gain 4 years’ experience for AssocRICS
Get a job in surveying
On a vocational course? Just left university?
Build your future No matter where you are in life, there are routes for you to become a chartered surveyor. Follow your route to qualification here…
In or seeking employment?
Consider AssocRICS Hold an RICS accredited degree? Hold a non-RICS accredited degree?
APC min 12 months’ structured training
Get a job in surveying Y ES
Worked more than 10 years?
Worked less than 5 years? Hold a Hold an RICS Y E S non-RICS accredited accredited degree? degree? NO
Associate to MRICS progression
Take a 1/2 year RICS accredited Masters course
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4 years’ experience + 900 study hours pre APC.
Take a 2-year accredited Gain Masters 4 years’ course experience Get a job in surveying
Gain 5 years’ relevant experience
APC with preliminary review experience
Earn while you learn
Graham Ford MRICS Surveyor Lacy, Scott and Knight
An apprenticeship route is a great, cost-effective way to start your career in surveying. The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) is an independent charity that supports young people who are finding it difficult to start their surveying career. RICS works in partnership with the CSTT to help young people become surveyors via an apprenticeship scheme that counts towards the RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS). As an apprentice, you can learn on the job, build up knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and earn money, all at the same time.
How it works
If you’re aged 16 to 24 and live in England or Wales, and need help to start your surveying career, you can start working for a surveying company sourced by CSTT on the apprenticeship scheme for two years. After registering for the RICS Associate qualification online, you will then work four days a week, and attend college one day a week to undertake an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying, which helps you to gain the following qualifications: • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Surveying, Property and Maintenance • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Surveying Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship and two years’ work experience, you then take the assessment to qualify as an RICS Associate. Studying part-time as a CSTT Managed Student may then lead you on the road to chartered surveyor status.
Further information email email@example.com or telephone 0207 871 0454 or visit www.cstt.org.uk
My first experience of rural surveying was at 17, when I undertook two weeks of work experience with Lacy, Scott and Knight. I enjoyed this experience so much, I knew from then I wanted to be a rural surveyor. I went on to study a BSc (Hons) degree at Harper Adams University in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. My current role involves a wide range of rural practice – including Agricultural Services, Compensation & Compulsory Purchase, Estate Management, Farm Agency, Farm Machinery Auctions, Agricultural Law & Tenancies, Environmental Schemes, Planning and Valuations.
I really enjoy the variety of work that rural “surveying can offer. It is the excitement of not knowing what challenges are ahead via a telephone call or the next person walking through the door.
That element of the job is challenging but also excites me to be able to help clients in a variety of ways. I enjoy working as an agricultural department at Lacy, Scott and Knight and also working solely on my own, being responsible for my own standards and meeting client’s deadlines. To become chartered was a feeling of absolute relief and great pride. The moment when I saw the email to say I had qualified will stick with me forever. I proved to myself that I am responsible, competent and able to carry out work at a high standard. The APC process was tough and I am glad I have come out successfully on the other side. It has opened an array of opportunities for my working career which I must continue to work hard for to achieve. Following this hard work, it was an honour to achieve RICS status. It allows me to work in a profession that expects a high standard. To become an RICS professional is my biggest achievement to date.
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Andrew Milne MRICS Senior Surveyor, Asset and Property Management Dunlop Heywood Following a short period of work experience at a property company in London, I was sure that surveying was a career I wanted to pursue. While studying for my A-levels, I looked at two courses that would offer me a clear route into the profession; Land Management at Reading University and Estate Management at Northumbria University. In the end I chose Northumbria because its course format - which was a three-year sandwich course - really appealed to me. The course was excellent, and I definitely benefitted hugely from taking a course that allowed me hands-on industry experience. Firstly, it helped me to understand how to put theory into practice (which certainly improved my results because I had a deeper understanding of the work), but also, it exposed me to the variety of the career options and different specialisms available. Following graduation, I joined a property company, Merchant Place, where I spent five years and qualified as a chartered surveyor, before moving on to Dunlop Heywood.
The profession is a fairly practical one – you’re “usually out on site or at an inspection, which means you’re out and about a lot and not always in an office which is great.
Additionally, the work tends to be extremely sociable. Right from when you start out on a graduate programme, you’re constantly dealing with a whole range of different people and professions, from solicitors to contractors, to the businesses you’re working for. That’s certainly one of the benefits of the job. I would absolutely recommend a career in surveying, particularly if you’re a bit of an all-rounder. There are so many different avenues into the profession that there is undoubtedly a route for everyone. My advice to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in surveying is to get as much work experience as possible, whether as an internship or contract based, to help you get an idea of the specialism that would suit you best. It’s also important to network – your contact base will be your most valuable asset.
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Summary of the specialisms Would you like to build stadiums, value multimillion pound houses or help protect rainforests? With so many specialisms – the choice is yours.
PROPERTY Arts & antiques
Working with valuable and curious artefacts, these surveyors advise the owners on their value, care, sale and acquisition.
You have an interest in selling valuable
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You fancy getting stuck into negotiating
You enjoy negotiating to get the best
property sales, or advising companies on their real estate.
outcome for your client and your company.
These surveyors get involved in buying, selling, valuing, managing and leasing business premises – from major international banks to local businesses.
The most recognisable surveyors – they value, survey, sell, let, manage and care for all types of residential property.
You have a keen interest in where
Sometimes disagreements happen, so these surveyors advise on contracts, boundary disputes and planning, and act as arbitrators and mediators.
You are skilled in calmly resolving disagreements.
These surveyors are key to managing the services that support a business, including relocation, health and safety, property management and utilities and services.
Valuing property, land and business assets is a core skill that plays a vital role in bank lending, accounting, investment and taxation.
You are interested in the value of any kind of asset – from houses to airports to sports venues.
Essential for the design and use of buildings, these surveyors cover all aspects of building regulations and health and safety.
with a wide range of people.
Providing impartial professional advice, these surveyors strategise for local authorities’ development plans or help businesses.
Machinery & business assets
From oil refineries to websites, these surveyors are involved in the valuation and sale of a company’s machinery and assets.
willing to work anywhere in the world.
Gathering, analysing, assessing and interpreting data about the land, sea and buildings.
value to assist efficient decision making.
and want to help protect people in the built environment.
Minerals & waste management
These surveyors build, supervise or restore structures, from city office blocks and skyscrapers to home extensions.
Extracting, using and managing of resources both renewable and non-renewable and disposing of related waste.
You’re interested in raw materials, their source, extraction and how they are utilised.
You like to get under the skin of
From small building sites to a vast sports arena, these surveyors maximise efficiency, economy, communication and a project’s success.
Managing and developing a range of rural assets, both natural and physical and contributing to a vibrant rural economy and environment.
You have an interest in the countryside, You have leadership skills and keep cool
Quantity surveying & construction
These surveyors are involved in the financial management of construction, using their strong analytical and communication skills to get the best value.
You have strong financial skills and fancy You have a good head for figures, and are
You have a passion for data and adding
You enjoy problem solving and
positive impact on, the environment.
You are a stickler for rules and codes,
You are organised and enjoy working
Assessing, monitoring and managing the development and use of both land and buildings from an environmental perspective.
You’re interested in, and want to make a
objects, such as antiques or modern art.
Whether it is rail or road, bridges or broadband, electricity or energy, infrastructure surveyors ensure these projects are run on time and within budget.
splitting your time between the office and construction sites.
its assets and how it is managed.
Planning & development
Engaging in the planning and development process to assist and promote the delivery of sustainable places.
You’re interested in contributing to the development of the places created for people to live, work and play.
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Construction focus Whether you are interested in designing and managing buildings, delivering development projects or cost and commercial management there are plenty of opportunities in the construction sector.
In an increasingly virtual economy, surveying is one of the few remaining tangible, ‘hands on’ professions.
A key area in the construction industry is quantity surveying. If you’re looking for a career that combines a good commercial awareness and first class management skills then welcome to the world of a chartered quantity surveyor. As cost consultants and project procurement specialists, the QS’s working life covers everything from cost and contract management to advising on procurement and financial implications of a project. QS’s are involved from the project design to the completed project and settle financial and contractual disputes. Quantity surveyors understand the economics of construction market trends and the influences of the sector on a local and global scale. Wherever construction work is taking place there will be a need for financial control. Quantity surveyors meet this need. ‘New technologies, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), are changing surveying and bringing new exciting opportunities to the profession’ says Alan Muse FRICS, RICS Global Director of Built Environment Professional Groups.
Building surveyors work on the design and development of buildings as well as the restoration and maintenance of existing ones. This is a diverse field and can include providing advice on various aspects of buildings at different stages. Building surveyors could work on the design of large, multimillion-pound structures to modest adaptations and repairs, and occasionally work on buildings of architectural or historic importance. They also may be called upon to give evidence in court in cases where building regulations have been breached and as expert witnesses on building defects and dilapidations.
Engaged by clients to link the supply chain together which often includes engaging surveyors from other disciplines. After all, it’s the project managers who effectively control projects in the land, property and construction industries. They co-ordinate the whole development process to maximise efficiency, economy and communication and ensure that with their guidance the project is successfully completed. Project management is a demanding discipline that requires a broad range of knowledge, which extends from technical expertise to the vitally important soft skills of leadership, negotiating, team building and communication.
Building control Now more than ever, building control is acknowledged as a vital part of the construction team, the chartered building control surveyor being a well-respected figure within the industry. These days building control is a common global feature. In virtually all parts of the world there are building codes to which the construction industry must adhere. Specialist situations, such as licensing and safety at sports grounds, are an additional consideration.
Built Infrastructure Project and cost management of infrastructure schemes require specialist, global skills to ensure delivery within budget and on programme. From analysing the brief, stakeholder engagement and understanding project finance, through cost planning, procurement, project controls and asset management, the built infrastructure surveyor manages the whole project life cycle. As well as optimising the business case, these surveyors implement management controls to accommodate financial and time change.
Richard Owen MRICS Chartered Quantity Surveyor Fox Lloyd Jones Ltd I came to surveying via a slightly different path to most. Having finished a Business Management degree, I soon embarked on a RICS-accredited conversion course; a Quantity Surveying Master's degree. As well as studying for my Quantity Surveying qualification, I also took a graduate position at a London-based surveying firm. Having become fully chartered with RICS, I’m now employed by Fox Lloyd Jones Ltd. Drawing on the skills I’ve honed over the past few years, I act as a consultant on the costing and budgeting for new building projects. I support clients in helping them understand how much a planned project will cost, as well as advising on the professional team members and connections needed to deliver the project. Surveying is the type of career that gives you a huge range of transferable skills. For instance, my role involves me using my procurement, financial and project management skills in order to paint a clear picture for my clients. What’s more the softer skills, such as communication and team work, are required in abundance if a planned project is to be taken from the page and physically built.
The opportunities in this industry are endless and are there for those people who want to work hard to achieve them.
My advice to anyone looking to join the industry would be to work hard, but also be as proactive as you possibly can. We all had to start somewhere and the only way to get an idea of the breadth of the surveying industry is to ask those people that are already working in it.
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GRADUATES AND UNDERGRADUATES
Mace is an international consultancy and construction company, offering integrated services across the full property and infrastructure life cycle. Our mission is to shape cities and build sustainable communities for the future.
Graduate, Industrial Placement (12 months) and Summer Placement (10 weeks) opportunities are available in various disciplines. The opportunities most relevant to Surveying graduates and undergraduates include: •
Project Management (Consultancy)
Quantity Surveying – Cost Consultancy (PQS) and Commercial Management
Whatever career you choose at Mace, you will leave a lasting legacy helping to deliver challenging projects that will drive the sustainable growth of cities across the world. We invest heavily in graduates and undergraduates to develop the top talent we need to lead and deliver projects of the future. You will take on responsibility in live project environments and your learning will be supported by structured classroom training and interactive group work. In addition you will receive a counsellor and support towards MRICS. In 2014 and 2015 Mace was ranked the top company for graduates to work for in construction and civil engineering (The JobCrowd awards 2014 and 2015). This was based on feedback from our own graduates.
Graduate & placement salary Competitive Locations UK wide with international opportunities possible after completing the Graduate Programme How to apply Visit our website and complete an online application – www.macegroup.com/careers/routes-into-mace
JLL JLL are a professional services firm specialising in property and investment management. Our vision is to be the chosen real estate expert and strategic advisor to the leading owners, occupiers and investors around the world. With some of the greatest minds and brightest talent in real estate we strive to provide the most quality integrated services to our clients across the globe to ensure they maximise the value of property. With eight graduate schemes, a multitude of service lines to explore and a wealth of expertise to absorb, you can discover the career path that’s right for you.
Building for Tomorrow n At JLL we believe that property can make an important contribution to the economy, society and the environment. Our “Building for Tomorrow” agenda aims to lead the industry in helping our clients, staff and the community build a sustainable future.
Building Pride n At JLL diversity is not just a strategic priority, it’s part of our value system. By recruiting individuals from different backgrounds we can cultivate a dynamic workplace where the full potential of our employees can be unleashed. Our women’s and working parent networks as well as our BAME and LGBT groups promote an inclusive environment where our people can be authentic. Our Events n As a JLL employee there will be plenty of great opportunities to get to know people. We have numerous sports teams you can join, many charity events throughout the year including the JLL Property triathlon and our JLL choir are always looking for new talent. Who are we looking for? n We believe our people are integral to our success in the industry therefore we require team players, problem solvers and original thinkers. We need people who are naturally conceptual and analytical, who possess enquiring minds and thrive under pressure.
Our “Building for Tomorrow” agenda aims to lead the industry in helping our clients, staff and the community build a sustainable future.
To apply for our schemes go to www.jll.co.uk/graduates
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Property focus Working in property can provide great opportunities to play a part in every aspect of the development, purchase, sale and management of property.
A surveyor working in the property sector can be involved in a wide variety of tasks. Although many are involved in the valuation of people’s homes, this is only a small part of what property surveyors can do. Their work can include buying, selling and renting property, negotiating insurance claims and conducting negotiations between landlords and tenants, to name a few examples. Beyond this planners, developers, agents, mortgage lenders, professional advisors (such as valuers), private and institutional investors and property managers are just some of the key professional figures that allow the property market to operate smoothly.
Residential property aside, one of the largest professional groups within RICS is commercial property. Working with all types of property in the business sector from small shops to large corporates in both the public and private sectors there is a tremendous variety of activities for the commercial property surveyor. This can include everything from the purchase, sale and letting of commercial property to advising on corporate real estate and landlord and tenant issues. Commercial property surveyors also perform investment appraisal and performance measurement and help failing organisations avoid administration.
Property shapes our environment and with such a diverse range of activity and property around the world, the work of chartered surveyors is challenging, ever changing and full of opportunity. The property sector employs surveyors across a wide range of specialisms covering the following areas:
Agency n providing advice on the acquisition, development, letting or disposal of property.
Consultancy n advising clients on the best solutions for their property needs.
Dispute resolution n providing advice and representation in rent reviews, lease renewals and planning disputes.
Facilities management n managing issues relating to buildings, occupiers and services.
Investment n the acquisition and disposal of property that is bought as an investment. Property management n the day-to-day management of property, managing clients’ portfolios, finding tenants, arranging repairs and collecting rent.
Property development n the redevelopment or refurbishment of existing buildings.
Valuation n assessing the value of property, land and business assets including arts and antiques.
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Richard Coventry MRICS Principal Surveyor Peel Ports Group
My father is involved in property development, so my interest in the built environment formed at an early age. Given this ingrained interest in the industry, I secured a place at De Montfort University in Leicester and started a degree in Business Property Management. Enrolling on a vocational degree was a priority as it would equip me with the right skills to increase my chances of employment after graduation. Having completed my degree, I took my first job in Manchester, where I secured an Asset Management role for a large commercial landlord. Whilst there I also completed my RICS Assessment of Professional Competence qualification – the successful completion of which saw me become a chartered surveyor. After one year in Manchester, I moved to Liverpool to help grow the regional business, where I was later offered an opportunity with Peel Ports Group. As a Principal Surveyor, my role is to manage local freehold and leasehold property assets, together with cost mitigation for ports across the UK and Ireland. The role itself is diverse and sees me drawing on multiple skills and knowledge not traditionally associated with surveying. For instance, the impact of our customers' wider commercial requirements, particularly with regard to shipping and logistics, need to be considered when developing heads of terms and drafting lease contracts.
Katie Gibson MRICS Surveyor CKD Galbraith
Once I’d finished my A-levels, I applied to Heriot-Watt on its BSc in Surveying programme which was accredited by RICS. Whilst studying I spent two months at a surveying firm in Belfast, as well as other work experience roles. I certainly think that having work experience helped in getting interviews, particularly given the tough economic climate we were facing in 2008. Once I graduated I had a few job offers, but chose to join a corporate practice. After three years in the practice, I was approached for my current role with CKD Galbraith and have really enjoyed working at such a progressive company ever since. What has been a surprise to me was that there’s much more to the job than just undertaking the survey and writing up reports! You need a broad range of business skills – from marketing and communications to sales and negotiation skills - there’s also a huge amount of teamwork that needs to take place.
I would absolutely recommend a career in surveying to a young person considering their career options.
There will always be property – and whether the industry changes due to global or technological demands – there will always be a solid, physical element to it that needs to be surveyed. The industry always requires more talent, so there are certainly lots of opportunities!
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Cushman & Wakefield Your future is a big deal to us. We are one of the world’s top three commercial real estate services firms, with 250 offices in 60 countries worldwide. All around our international network, we are delivering cutting-edge £multimillion deals in sectors ranging from retail, transport and energy to financial services, residential and media. And our graduates are involved in almost every single one. This is the kind of exposure you can expect on our programme – and it will come quickly. As part of our select intake, you’ll complete three rotations where you’ll get plenty of early responsibility and hands-on involvement. This means that
Knight Frank Knight Frank is the leading, independent, global real estate agency which provides an integrated residential and commercial offering in key hubs across the globe.
when you move into a permanent role with us (which is guaranteed upon successful completion of the training programme) you’ll already be the experienced and capable professional our clients rely on. Our ambitious growth strategy will ensure that there will always be high profile work on offer. You’ll gain professional qualifications, and international opportunities will be there for the taking. And your pathway to partner will be clearly defined. So you’ll be able to set goals, knowing that you’ll have the encouragement, support and opportunity to get to where you want to be. As you can see, your future will be a big deal to us. If you’re entrepreneurial, tenacious and ambitious, come and build your career here. In 2015 we were awarded a flagship rental review in the heart of the West End. At 400,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art space, it was the one of the largest projects of its kind in the last decade. And one of our graduates helped us secure it.
You’ll gain professional qualifications, and international opportunities will be there for the taking.
Contact To find out more, visit www.cushmanwakefieldgrads.com
Founded in London more than a century ago, Knight Frank has grown to become the world’s largest privately owned property agency and consultancy. Today we are widely regarded throughout the world as the firm of choice for high quality residential and commercial property. We now have a network of over 370 offices in more than 55 countries, employing over 12,000 property professionals. By recruiting a range of the industry’s best individuals, Knight Frank has built exceptionally talented teams around the globe. We are passionate about property, always aim to be progressive in our thinking and above all, we are consummately professional in everything we do. Our culture nurtures talent and entrepreneurial spirit, which allows employees at all levels to fulfil their potential and build successful careers in the property industry. Knight Frank is proud to be a founding partner of the Changing the Face of Property initiative.
Knight Frank Graduates Graduates are the life blood of our business. We place great emphasis on recruiting the very best and ensuring that our graduates receive the finest development and training. Our aim is to provide all graduates with an outstanding training programme that focuses on passing the RICS APC or other relevant real estate accreditations, with the parallel objective of finding out how an individual’s skills can be best aligned with the firm’s needs. Knight Frank offers graduate schemes across the group within most real estate specialisms, with opportunities to deal directly with a broad range of clients and to build an industry knowledge from day one. We also offer the opportunity to rotate within our network to one of our other global offices. A dedicated team of partners and HR professionals support graduates throughout their APC training programme and Knight Frank’s excellent success rate is testament to this support and expert advice.
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We place great emphasis on recruiting the very best and ensuring that our graduates receive the finest development and training.
Contact To apply for our Global Graduate scheme, please visit: www.knightfrank.com/recruitment/ graduates
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Changing the Face of Property
We partner a number of state schools across the UK, offering students work shadowing and work experience opportunities enabling them to gain a better understanding of what a career in property offers. In addition to well established, successful graduate schemes, each CTFOP firm is developing its own unique apprentice scheme, to offer an alternative route into the industry. We are all totally committed to ‘changing the face of property’ and you can learn more about who is involved in our CTFOP initiatives; the variety of career opportunities and skills you can develop via our website n www.propertyneedsyou.com Follow us on Twitter @CTFOProperty and @propertyneedsu
Launched in 2012, Changing the Face of Property (CTFOP) is the joint initiative of major property firms working to improve diversity and inclusion across our industry and introduce property careers to students from all pathways.
Property Needs You Since 2014 CTFOP, Pathways to Property*, RICS and RTPI have worked together as ‘Property Needs You’ to raise awareness of careers and pathways into the industry and helped students to gain work experience in property. *Summer school/work experience programme for state school Year 12 students.
n www.reading.ac.uk/pathways -to-property
π Why I love my career in 60 seconds π Louis Jacobs Trainee Surveyor DTZ
I joined DTZ at age 17 via the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust apprenticeship scheme. I wanted to start my career in property from an early age and learning practically in the workplace suited my personality. I am halfway through my two year college course studying maths, technology in the built environment, property law and property valuations. Placed with the City Agency Team, the most interesting part of my job is getting to interact on a daily basis with clients, colleagues and other agents in the property market.
Katie Nelson Trainee Surveyor Cushman and Wakefield
After completing my A-levels in 2013 I joined the C&W Trainee Surveyor Programme. They have sponsored me to complete a BSc in Real Estate at the University of Westminster. I studied the first two years of the degree full time and will complete the final two years part time whilst working in the Account Management team. I will join the graduate programme in 2016 and aim to qualify as a chartered surveyor in 2018.
Remi Akinkunle Apprentice JLL
Jessica Neale Apprentice Surveyor, CBRE
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I found my JLL apprenticeship through the City of London apprentice scheme as I wanted to pursue a property career via a path that would give me a range of opportunities leading to a recognised qualification. I joined in 2014 and was placed in the UK Retail Management Team working alongside property professionals whilst studying for Business Admin NVQ Level 3. My department has given me a real insight into how the business works and the role of a property surveyor.
I joined the CBRE apprenticeship scheme in September 2013 at age 17. Over a 6 year period I will rotate into 6 different business lines, and by the end of the programme I will be a fully qualified chartered surveyor. I am a member of the CBRE Women’s Network Advisory Board and an activator/ coach for the RFU All Schools programme promoting the industry to school students.
Henry Mundell Apprentice Savills
I joined Knight Frank when I was 18 through the Chartered Surveyor’s Training Trust apprenticeship scheme. I attended Kingston University part time for five years whist gaining real work experience. I enrolled for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to qualify as a chartered surveyor. I passed my APC in 2009 and am now an Associate in the Valuation department. C
After completing my A-levels I gained an apprenticeship through the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust with Savills. So far I have completed a Level 3 BTEC and NVQ Diploma (Surveying, Property & Maintenance). I begin my Real Estate Management degree this September. My first two years have enabled me to utilise newly learnt skills in real, practical situations. Balancing my studies with the day to day pressures of working life can be tricky but when I qualify as a chartered surveyor, it will all have been worth it.
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Tell us a little about your role? Currently I am seconded into a major tunneling programme working as a Senior Contract Administrator for the East Area Contract. We are currently ‘pre contract’ so my role so far involved making preparations for the imminent post contract landscape, for example developing processes and procedures. Once post contract I will be leading a team of Contract Administrators in managing our contract with the Main Contractor which will involve managing the early warning and risk management process, valuing and managing change and compensation events, assessing applications for payment, coordinating financial reporting and more. How did you get into your current role? I have worked in infrastructure for over six years. I commenced my career with a main contractor and after three years fancied moving into the consultancy side so I applied to join Turner & Townsend. I have been deployed in a number of client side roles as part of delivering Turner & Townsend’s services to our clients. How does being RICS qualified help you in your job? We all always need to continuously improve and prove ourselves in every engagement we undertake but being a chartered surveyor has provided a level of credibility and recognition from the off, something which I could build upon. I would say that being chartered demonstrates objectively a minimum level of competency and capability; as well as ensuring that an individual will act according to the RICS’ ethical and professional conduct guidelines. RICS professionals are bound to operate ethically and morally in line with RICS guidelines and have the support network that RICS provides to lean upon for knowledge sharing.
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Kick start your career in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure There are over 500 accredited courses worldwide - find out which one is right for you. Search for any RICS accredited degree course in the world at the touch of a button.
What value do commercial managers bring to infrastructure projects? Commercial Managers bring value in a number of ways. Fundamentally, they are the sector's "commercial conscience" ensuring that projects and programmes make commercial sense and deliver on budget. In some ways they also oil the wheels of production by procuring, negotiating and setting up contracts and subcontracts. They also administer payments and manage changing scopes. Without them there would be no physical output. What is the value of chartered surveyors in infrastructure? Quite simply, chartered surveyors have the opportunity to be at the forefront of driving the sector forward. We can be key conductors, facilitators, doers and strategists in this vital sector.
William Waller MRICS Associate Director Turner and Townsend
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π Why I love my career in 60 seconds π
What first attracted you to surveying? I have had a longstanding interest in property; spending my childhood looking at the property sections in newspapers! Due to my interest in residential property, I was initially attracted to a career in agency, which influenced my decision to study for a degree in Estate Management at Northumberland University. However, after learning more about planning and regeneration, I converted to a degree in Planning and Development Surveying. I am now a chartered planning and development surveyor, presently employed as a Planning Consultant.
RICS Matrics Whether you are interested in designing and managing buildings, delivering development projects or cost and commercial management there are plenty of opportunities in the construction sector. RICS Matrics has four key aims and achieves these by using its unique structure, working locally, regionally and nationally within RICS
n Promotion of surveying
as a career
RICS Matrics members are best placed as grass root volunteers to support careers activities within schools and universities.
n Supporting trainee members along the APC pathways Trainee surveyors have various support mechanisms available to them from online forums to literature. However RICS Matrics members can share experiences, join self-help groups and have 1-2-1 sessions within mock interviews. RICS Matrics offers events, support and essential advice.
n Career progression by
providing networking opportunities and skill development opportunities It is key for career development to swap information, ideas and experiences – mainly within a social setting but also across businesses.
RICS Matrics also provides a respected and active platform for younger and non-qualified members to voice their opinions in order to help shape the future profession of surveying. Membership of RICS Matrics is free and the benefits are huge, giving members the edge to enable them to get ahead of their competitors.
n Recruiting student members to a worthwhile organisation Students can be involved locally and regionally with RICS Matrics and benefit from mentoring schemes, access to literature, support forums and regular university visits from qualified surveyors providing advice and career opportunities within a social environment.
More information Register your interest via the RICS Contact Centre on 02476 868555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did you first become aware of RICS Matrics? Northumbria University has strong links with RICS. Within the first week of university the Programme Leader signed everyone up as RICS Student members and encouraged us to attend RICS Matrics events. Since then I have been a regular attendee, as it’s a great informal way of meeting both newer and more experienced members.
Samantha Curtis MRICS Planning and Development Cundall
Why would you recommend surveying as a career? RICS is well respected worldwide, so becoming a surveyor opens up so many opportunities. I am spending some time working in Sydney from September 2015, and being a chartered surveyor will help me with the transition from the UK to Australia.
Surveying, particularly the planning and development route, also offers a variety of challenges. We interact with different professions and different sectors, ensuring no two days are the same, which helps to keep work interesting as well as challenging.
How has RICS Matrics benefitted you and what’s been your favourite event to-date? I have received great help from RICS Matrics committee members, which was instrumental on my journey to becoming chartered. Through the networking events, I have also developed some strong contacts with influential surveyors, which is benefitting my career.
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School of the Built Environment
SAVA School of Surveying
Be a part of a world ranked school. Our School of the Built Environment is ranked 4th in the UK and 39th in the world in the latest QS World Rankings for Architecture and the Built Environment. This accolade reflects our academic excellence, driving innovation and engagement within the industry. Confirming our global leadership, we employ a research team that are internationally recognised leaders in their field. In collaboration with partners from around the globe, we conduct influential research that is widely acknowledged across the built environment sector.
The SAVA School of Surveying is a new school run by SAVA who have over a decade of experience training and accrediting surveyors. The school is dedicated to offering the next generation of surveyors and valuers a way forward with the new Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation. The level 6 Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is the only existing vocational route into residential surveying and, since its launch in June 2014, the SAVA School of Surveying has enrolled over 100 prospective surveyors onto the course. The course offers a complete and comprehensive learning experience with a combination of online and face-to-face training, making it possible to complete the qualification whilst maintaining full-time employment. Once qualified, graduates of the school will receive direct entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors at
Associate member level, and will also be eligible to join the SAVA Scheme to offer the SAVA Home Condition Survey. Designed to address the skills shortage in the surveying industry, this diploma is available to those with and without industry experience. Whether you’re a tradesman, a graduate, or simply looking for a career change, SAVA has an entry route for you. With expert trainers and a rich industry heritage, SAVA is committed to ensuring its graduates emerge from their training as highly skilled surveyors and valuers who are both confident and competent in their roles.
Whether you’re a tradesman, a graduate, or simply looking for a career change, SAVA has an entry route for you.
Take an RICS-accredited undergraduate or master’s degree Now includes opportunities to study part-time or by distance learning Looking to progress your career within the construction sector?
Contact To find out more about the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation, and how you could become a surveyor in as little as 18 months, contact the SAVA School of Surveying on 01908 442158 or email email@example.com. www.surveyorqualifications.co.uk
The School of the Built Environment offers undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications that are accredited by industry bodies including the RICS, CIAT and CIOB. These challenging and intensive courses have an excellent reputation with employers. Graduates from the School have gone on to senior construction and engineering roles at organisations including: ❚ Bovis Lend Lease ❚ The Co-Operative Bank ❚ Lancashire County Cricket Club
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University of Portsmouth Having offered RICS accredited course provision for more than 40 years, The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying is an established and highly regarded RICS Partner University Our School of Civil Engineering & Surveying is one of the longest-established providers of professionally accredited property and surveying education in the UK. Being located in the award-winning Portland Building the school offers students access to outstanding facilities, resources and expertise.
Undergraduate study We offer a three year full-time or a four year sandwich (with work placement) mode of study allowing our undergraduate students to elect their study preference once they have joined us. We encourage applications from all academic disciplines to study towards a career as a chartered surveyor: • BSc (Hons) Property Development • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
Postgraduate study For non-cognate and cognate graduates, we offer one-year full-time or two-year part-time Masters courses: • MSc Property Development • MSc Quantity Surveying • MSc Historic Building Conservation (School of Architecture) • MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management (Department of Geography)
What did you study at University? I read Geography (MA) at the University of St Andrew, graduating with a 2:1 in 2013. The modules I chose for this degree concentrated on the built environment, which included Environments and Human Behaviour, Managing Modern Cities and a dissertation that investigated the urban morphology of Birmingham over the past century. In September 2014 I enrolled onto the Postgraduate degree in Real Estate Management at Birmingham City University.
Students have the prospect of meaningful, interesting and well-paid employment after their studies. The majority will join a profession that shapes our future, in terms of the property we provide, where we live and work, and how we travel. In a world where environmental issues are becoming our utmost concern, our students will be equipped to inﬂuence change in their respective ﬁeld.
The majority will join a profession that shapes our future, in terms of the property we provide, where we live and work, and how we travel.
How did you get involved in surveying? I started my JLL career in February 2014 as an intern in the Birmingham Capital Markets team. In the period between graduating University and starting at JLL I moved to South Africa for four months to work on a Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, a somewhat different lifestyle to fast-paced corporate world I’m now accustomed to!
Contact www.port.ac.uk/propertyandsurveying 023 9284 5566 firstname.lastname@example.org
What does your role involve? I am currently in the Industrial & Logistics team where my day to day role can vary significantly; I am often out the office on inspections and viewings all day or there have been days where I am sat at my desk chasing enquiries and speaking to occupiers as to their industrial requirements. I was quickly given a lot of responsibility with regards to viewings and enquiries; within a couple of weeks I was showing prospective tenants around units on my own and dealing with telephone and email enquiries personally. What are your interests outside of surveying? I joined the Staff Liaison Committee at JLL, who are responsible for charity fundraising and sponsorship as well as the summer and winter office parties. Although not a cyclist myself, I have helped out with the annual JLL Classic Cycle around Warwickshire with a support vehicle and also refreshments for the athletes throughout the ride!
Alexandra Fitzpatrick Graduate surveyor JLL
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Directory listings These are just some of the companies and universities where you can gain a qualification in surveying – get in touch to find out more. Aecom Where do you see yourself? If you’re ready to go farther and faster as you develop your career, AECOM gives you a unique opportunity to plug into our global network of experience and support. Bring us your energy and knowledge, and we’ll help you change the landscape of your future. For more information, visit n www.aecom.com/Careers/ Students+and+Graduates
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Bilfinger GVA is one of the largest and most diverse multidisciplinary property consultancies in the UK. With an established presence in London and all the major regional cities as well as throughout GVA Worldwide; we are represented in 21 countries and 128 market locations. Bilfinger GVA’s award winning graduate programme is one of the best in the industry. We work closely with professional bodies to ensure all training and experience is relevant and challenging, so you will be supported in the best way possible from day one. n www.gva.co.uk/graduates
CBRE, one of the leading Real Estate firms, are breaking the mould investing in the Next Generation – the future leaders of the organisation! Imagine learning from some of the best people in the industry, with the experience and knowhow that only comes with years of working in a world leading company. That’s what you’ll get on the CBRE Graduate and Apprenticeship programmes. Both initiatives offer fresh new talent the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge, to drive their careers forward and to reach their full potential. n www.cbre.co.uk/graduates
Colliers International is the third largest commercial real estate organisation in the world. Our Graduate Training Programme offers access to a structured learning environment, extensive APC support, and the opportunity to work with and learn from talented and experienced property professionals. n www.colliersgraduates.com
Deloitte Real Estate redefines the concept of a full-service real estate business, offering a breadth of capability and an innovative approach unequalled in the market. Our team of over 800 people combines traditional property services with financial and business advisory expertise to deliver integrated solutions on the most simple assignment to the most complex. We apply a depth of insight drawn from our understanding of all industries and sectors to advise occupiers, lenders, investors and the public sector on every aspect of real estate in an increasingly complex world. n www.deloitte.co.uk/students/realestate
Gleeds is a leading global property and construction consultancy. Independent and multi-disciplined, we provide solutions for every stage of the construction and property lifecycle. Visit us at gleeds.com or contact our Recruitment Manager, Jackie Lister to find out about our career opportunities. n T: +44 (0)115 977 8000 n E: email@example.com
Carter Jonas Carter Jonas is a national multi-disciplinary property consultancy with a network of offices around the UK, each providing a wide range of property-related services. Our graduates are our future; at Carter Jonas we are committed to developing our teams to ensure we all achieve our potential. Our ambitious growth plans and our desire to grow talent mean our graduates are hugely important to us. In 2016 we are hiring graduate surveyors across our hub offices; we enthusiastically support individual growth, ensuring our graduates successfully complete their APC. n www.carterjonas.co.uk/graduates
College of Estate Management Established in 1919, the College of Estate Management remains the leading provider of vocational training for RICS accredited degrees. We are passionate about the student experience and we enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching. All of our teaching is provided online, enabling students to work whilst studying. n www.cem.ac.uk
Cushman & Wakefield Cushman & Wakefield is one of the world’s top three commercial real estate services firms. Our globally recognised training programme is tailored to your career path. Whichever route you take, you’ll be immersed in our business for two years. You’ll take on high-profile projects – developing a broad range of skills and experience whilst studying for your professional qualification. Upon successful completion, there’ll be a permanent role waiting for you and clearly defined pathway to Partner. Every step of the way, we’ll focus on your development, skills and long-term goals. Your future is a big deal to us. So start it now. n www.cushmanwakefieldgrads.com
EC Harris The leading global natural and built asset design & consultancy firm working in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes through the application of design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services. The EC Harris vision is simply to be leaders in the built asset consultancy field whilst generating value for our clients and the community. Our people are vital to achieving this, so we ensure each of our employees has all the support they need to reach their potential. Our goal is to generate the best possible outcomes for our clients, our people and the communities in which we work. As part of ARCADIS, we have 28,000 employees and generate more than £3 billion in revenue. n www.echarris.com/careers
JLL Property is so much more than bricks and mortar or steel and glass, these are the spaces and places where lives are lived and careers are forged. As a professional services firm specialising in real estate, we help companies and individuals maximise the value of property. n www.jll.co.uk/graduates
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Knight Frank Knight Frank is the world’s largest privately owned property agency and consultancy. We are widely regarded throughout the world as the firm of choice for high quality residential and commercial property. We run annual Graduate, Internship and Apprenticeship schemes. For more information please visit our website. n www.knightfrank.com/recruitment/ graduates
Mace Mace is an international consultancy and construction company, offering highly integrated services across the full property and infrastructure lifecycle. We are committed to providing talented graduates and undergraduates with excellent opportunities to build their careers while working on some of the most exciting and challenging projects of the present and future. n www.macegroup.com/careers
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Oxford Brookes University
Royal Agricultural University
The SAVA School of Surveying is dedicated to offering the next generation of surveyors and valuers a way forward. SAVA’s level 6 Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is the only existing vocational route into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors via the Residential Surveying and Valuation pathway. n www.surveyorqualifications.co.uk
Oxford Brookes University’s Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment has an international reputation for excellence and innovation and an ambitious desire to be recognised as one of the most exciting places to study in the world. The School of the Built Environment offers a wide range of RICS accredited courses, consistently ranked as outstanding, in planning, environment, urban design, historic conservation, development, real estate, construction, and other related fields. n www.brookes.ac.uk
Founded in 1845, the Royal Agricultural University has a long-standing, global reputation as a leader in land and property education. The School of Real Estate and Land Management offers RICS accredited degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The career-focused programmes include Rural Land or Rural Estate Management, Real Estate and International Real Estate. n www.rau.ac.uk
Newcastle University Our RICS-accredited BSc and MSc courses offer exciting study and career pathways to the environmental, geomatics and water industries. Our city centre campus gives easy access to one of Britain’s favourite student cities – sport, culture and surrounding coast and countryside make Newcastle a great place to live and study. n www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate
Salford University Plymouth University Plymouth University offers RICS accredited degrees in Building Surveying and Construction Management. Our surveying degrees consistently achieve the highest national ratings for student satisfaction for two reasons. Firstly, our lecturers are experienced, student-focused professionals who are expert in their fields. Secondly, all our surveying degrees are sustainability themed. As leading professionals now recognise, sustainability is THE future for our industry, so while Plymouth’s degrees offer an outstanding learning experience, they also provide our students with the vital edge they need to propel them to leading positions in one of the world’s most exciting industries. n www.plymouth.ac.uk
Ranked 4th in the UK and 39th in the world for architecture and built environment, the University of Salford are global leaders in built environment education; working with the construction industry to deliver excellence. Our students study courses on a full time and part time basis, and by distance learning, many of which are accredited by the RICS, CIAT, CIOB, APM, ICES and BQSM. n firstname.lastname@example.org
Savills Savills passionately believe its graduates are future leaders, and makes a huge investment in them. Graduates work on their own projects from day one with expert professionals from whom they can learn and seek advice. Individual achievement is rewarded and Savills looks for bold graduates with entrepreneurial flair. Graduates choose experience in up to six departments – even between different APC pathways – giving them maximum business exposure and great networking opportunities. More than half of Savills graduate vacancies are for positions outside London in exciting locations around the UK. Savills also offers an Apprenticeship Programme (see Graduate website for details) n www.savills.co.uk/graduate
Scotland's Rural University College (SRUC) SRUC offers an RICS accredited BA (Hons) Rural Business Management degree incorporating specialist land management modules following the RICS Rural Pathway. This programme is offered at SRUC’s Aberdeen and Edinburgh campuses and is supported by consultants, researchers, and lecturers from SRUC’s six campuses and network of rural business support offices across Scotland. There is an emphasis on delivery of the RICS specialist modules on practical field trips using staff from rural estates and land-based consultants. n www.sruc.ac.uk/education
The Bartlett The Bartlett is the UK’s largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment. We offer 16 RICS accredited courses in a variety of subjects, ranging from our BSc in Urban Planning, Design and Management to the innovative MSc in Sustainable Heritage. Bartlett people are engaged at the very forefront of their fields, whether in teaching, professional practice or research. Together, they constitute a true powerhouse of thinking, creating and doing. n www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk
University of Portsmouth The University of Portsmouth offers three RICS undergraduate programmes: BSc (Hons) Property Development, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and BSc (Hons) Building Surveying, can be studied as three year full-time, or four year sandwich courses. For graduates looking for a career in surveying we offer Masters studies in MSc Property Development, MSc in Quantity Surveying, MSc in Historic Building Conservation and MSc Coastal and Marine Resource. Each post-graduate course provides RICS accreditation and can be studied as a oneyear full-time course or in part-time mode over two years. n www.port.ac.uk/propertyandsurveying
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How did you get into surveying?
Emma-Kate Ryan Graduate quantity surveyor Faithful+Gould
I originally studied architecture for three years at University College Cork, then spent a year travelling in Australia. I began to realise that my skill-set was more suited to project management – I consider myself a people person and I like to lead, collaborate and get things done. So I returned to studying, this time at the University of Limerick. My construction management and engineering degree gave me a broad overview that incorporated project management, engineering and quantity surveying. I was one of four women on the course, in a cohort of 31. I spent nine months on placement as a site engineer in Omagh, County Tyrone, where my boss suggested I’d be good in a consultancy role. The placement was a useful experience and convinced me to pursue a career in UK construction. I’d always wanted to move to London, so in 2014, my final year at university, I applied for quantity surveyor jobs with UK firms.
Tell us about your current role? In June 2014 I became a graduate quantity surveyor in Faithful+Gould’s London office. I was assigned to our 47-strong infrastructure cost management team, with a focus on railways. The Faithful+Gould selection process was thorough, but the graduate recruitment team were helpful and accommodating, providing
flights and a hotel, and to me this spoke volumes about how the business treated its staff. After a phone interview, I attended an assessment centre alongside five other candidates and three of us were offered jobs. I was delighted to succeed and in June 2014 I became a graduate quantity surveyor in Faithful+Gould’s London office. I was assigned to our 47-strong infrastructure cost management team, with a focus on railways. Although I’d not thought much about rail beforehand, I find it a very interesting area – there are so many new advancements and technical developments, and I get huge satisfaction from keeping on top of those. After a few months, I went on a six-month secondment to London Underground. This was great experience, working out of a client’s office and seeing how a client operates, and I learned a lot. Back at my Euston Tower base, I’m enjoying contributing to a strategic study of signalling operations for the Digital Railway. We’re working to develop a solution to unlock capacity on the Wessex mainline route, and I love working on estimates that include such innovations in technology. A lot of our estimating is theoretical – previous examples don’t exist yet. So it’s challenging and demands an ability to assess the technical side. We meet with engineers to improve our understanding and knowledge.
Established in 1919, The College of Estate Management remains the leading online provider of vocational training for the real estate and construction sectors. Most of our bachelor’s and master’s degrees are accredited by RICS.
Whilst our courses have changed over the years, our commitment to our students remains firm. We are passionate about the student experience and this is reflected in the outstanding feedback that we receive, year on year, from our students. We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching, and this ensures that we attract ambitious students from all walks of life. We pride ourselves on our accessibility, attracting students from non-traditional as well as traditional academic backgrounds. We are resolute in encouraging widening participation and encourage applications from non-traditional university students. We offer a number of bursaries to students who cannot apply for student loans, and we have emergency financial aid for those who incur difficulties whilst studying with us. All of our teaching is provided online, enabling students to work whilst studying, hence minimising their debt. Our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) allows students to form networks across the globe and to discuss and deliberate current issues. Our faculty combines academic strength with practitioner knowledge and understanding, and we are fully committed to teaching our students. Employability is now a key factor in students’ choice of higher education. The College has a dedicated Careers Adviser who has many years’ experience in our sectors. She is available to help students with internships, work experience and job
offers. Our large Alumni Association also provides mentoring of our students, and job offers are signposted on our VLE. After graduation, alumni are invited to CPD events and reunions; this encourages our graduates to continue their professional development and maintain their networks. Visit our website and take a look at what we can offer you. Courses:
BSc (Hons) Construction Management BSc (Hons) Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management MSc Building Surveying MSc Construction Management MSc Quantity Surveying MSc Real Estate MBA Construction and Real Estate Foundation Programme in Construction Practice Foundation Programme in Surveying Practice
“ CEM provides and facilitates a realistic and achievable route to pursuing a career in surveying and becoming a member of RICS. The decision to enrol was life changing and has enabled me to progress my career in unfathomable directions.”
Steve Simms Dip Surv BSc, BSc (Hons) Estate Management Corporate & Commercial Valuations Surveyor, Santander UK Plc
The College of Estate Management, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom, RG6 6AW
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School of the Built Environment
Oxford Brookes University ‘Learn from some of the best planning teaching staff in the country – there will be a diverse range of potential career opportunities open to you once you have completed your course at Brookes.’
Our subjects of real estate and construction have an outstanding international reputation and offer students an excellent grounding for their careers. Our unsurpassed range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes is consistently ranked as excellent in student surveys and independent assessments alike. If you want a course that will provide you with all the skills and knowledge necessary to allow you to excel in the construction and property professions in the UK and abroad, Oxford Brookes University is the perfect choice.
Brookes students on placement
Clare Heeley, graduate MSc Spatial Planning
Leading industry figures are regularly engaged as visiting professors, so our students benefit from genuine, real world input into their work. Academic teaching is also enhanced by strong research activities, and our programmes are always at the leading edge of industrial thinking. This innovative approach, linked to strong partnerships with international industry leaders, means our graduates are very much in demand for rewarding opportunities around the world.
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Construction Project Management BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management BSc (Hons) Real Estate (International, Commercial or Residential) MSc Real Estate Investment Finance MSc/PGDip/OBU Certificate Construction Estate Investment Finance MSc Project Management in the Built Environment MSc Construction Project Management MSc Construction Project Management and BIM MSc/PGDip/PG Cert (accreditation subject to confirmation)
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Taking a leading international role, our planning staff are well known top educators in land development. We are one of the largest and most diverse planning units in Europe, and our students benefit from our eminent programmes in planning, urban design, historic conservation, development and the environment. Holding a leading position among educators in this field, our consistently high ratings in league tables assure our students of top quality learning; and our broad, future-focused spectrum of activity prepares our graduates for a wide range of challenging and fulfilling roles in all landscape development sectors.
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‘One of the key reasons I took the course was to gain RICS Chartership and the course was key in delivering this ambition. I now get bigger and wider projects to manage which are more strategic in nature.’ Abercrombie building: home to the School
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Real Estate and Construction Tel: +44 (0)1865 483909 email@example.com Planning Tel: +44 (0)1865 483573 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Surveyors working within the land area comprise a range of specialists who are experts in all aspects of assessment, monitoring and management of land and the related environment. Their expertise enables them to work in a range of diverse areas for example, the planning and development of urban and rural locations, mapping and modelling, environmental management, waste management, land use and contaminated land, environmental auditing/assessment and management of natural and physical assets in the countryside. Working within the land sector is extremely varied – surveyors working in the land sector could be advising landowners on a wind turbine scheme, working with a Local Authority or a developer on proposed and agreed development schemes, assessing the financial viability of a development scheme, mapping boundaries, managing or valuing rural assets including property and land, managing landlord and tenant relationships, advising a landowner on a diversification scheme or monitoring wildlife conservation areas. And with an ever increasing focus on sustainability, planning and development surveyors, for example, can be found surveying and evaluating the longer-term social and environmental costs of developing in urban and
rural locations, while balancing these factors against important market costs and values. Furthermore environmental concerns such as climate change, changes in modern farming practices, and the expansion of towns and cities all pose challenges for people living and working in communities who look to surveyors to provide them with professional advice and expertise. Many surveyors engaged with land will have an environmental dimension in their work. Surveyors in the land area can be also be found undertaking exciting and adventurous tasks, such as mapping the land with high-tech laser equipment, or assessing the safety of mines for extracting minerals. Equally important is the sensitive disposal of our waste and efficient use of our resources, and leaving the environment in a good condition for future generations. The mapping aspect of surveying is referred to as Geomatics. Geomatics acts as the underpinning data of the land and property lifecycle but also retains a strong element of land law and boundary expertise.
Land surveyors can be found undertaking exciting and adventurous tasks, such as mapping the land with high-tech laser equipment, or assessing the safety of mines for extracting minerals.
Hannah Pike MRICS Rural Surveyor Knight Frank
I am an Associate in the Valuation & Consultancy department at Knight Frank LLP. I have been working for Knight Frank for 3 years. I specialise in the valuation of agricultural, equestrian and residential property mainly in the South West and Midlands. I act for a range of clients including farmers, landowners, trusts, banks, institutions etc. My time is well proportioned between the office and inspecting properties. I really enjoy the ability to be out and about meeting lots of different people from all over the world and understanding their property interests. Seeing some of the most spectacular estate and valuable properties in the country.
I achieved RICS status, it “wasWhen a real sense of achievement having worked towards the qualification from the start of university and an honour to be part of such a highly respected global body. I couldn’t do my job without an RICS qualification!
It gives confidence to the clients knowing that an RICS professional appreciates and adheres to the high level of standards required. My goal and ambition is working towards becoming a Partner at Knight Frank and growing the Valuation and Consultancy department.
∏ Why I love my career in 60 seconds
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Savills UK is a leading global real estate service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company employs over 30,000 staff and has 600 offices and associates worldwide, providing trainees with excellent scope for international experience as their careers develop. Savills passionately believe their graduates are future leaders and therefore make a huge investment in them. Savills’ graduates are given responsibility from day one, in teams who highly value their contribution and involve them in some of the world’s most high-profile property deals and developments. The Savills Graduate Programme offers the chance to gain an internationally recognised Professional qualification. Graduates are surrounded by expert professionals from whom they learn and seek advice. Individual achievement is rewarded and Savills look for bold graduates with entrepreneurial flair. The diversity of Savills services means there is the flexibility to carve out a fulfilling and self-tailored career path regardless of the location.
Colliers International is the third largest commercial real estate organisation in the world with a global network of 15,800 professionals working across 485 offices worldwide. In the UK we employ over 700 people in our London and regional offices.
Savills are proud to be The Times Graduate Employer of Choice for Property for the ninth year running. Great work life balance, structured training and a dynamic working environment are amongst the factors which see Savills nominated by final year students as the preferred Property employer year on year. We offer roles within Surveying and Planning, with over half of the Graduate vacancies for positions outside of London. Savills’ offices are in exciting locations around the UK and we work with highprofile and prestigious clients. Savills Graduate Scheme 2016 will open for applications on 1 October 2015 (closing date is dependant on the pathway, see website for details). Savills also offers an Apprenticeship Programme (see Graduate website for details).
The diversity of Savills services means there is the flexibility to carve out a fulfilling and selftailored career path regardless of the location.
If you’ve got a passion for property, our Graduate Training Programme will provide you with a first class platform from which to launch your real estate career. We offer access to a structured learning environment, extensive APC support, and the opportunity to work with and learn from talented and experienced property professionals. It’s an exciting time to be joining Colliers and you can also expect to be involved in high profile and interesting work. We will help, teach and guide you, but from your first day you will be given real responsibility to enable you to gain the practical knowledge and experience that you will need to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Our excellent APC pass rate underlines our commitment to providing the best possible support for our graduates. Whilst we are serious about our work we don’t take ourselves too seriously, so there are always plenty of opportunities
Contact More information on Savills website www.savills.co.uk/graduate and find Savills on Twitter @careersinpropRT
to have fun as well! We pride ourselves on our friendly culture and energetic working environment, and we organise a wide range of regular social, networking, charity and sporting events throughout the year to enable you to get to know your colleagues and clients, and build real lasting relationships. Colliers graduates are intelligent, hardworking, professional and adaptable people with exceptional communication and analytical skills. A genuine passion for property is also essential. If this sounds like you, Find Your Place at www.colliersgraduates.com. The Colliers International Graduate Training Programme 2016 will be open for applications from 12 October 2015 to 30 November 2015.
Colliers graduates are intelligent, hardworking, professional and adaptable people with exceptional communication and analytical skills.
Apply Find Your Place at www.colliersgraduates.com
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Bilfinger GVA BSc Geographic Information Science BSc Surveying and Mapping Science www.ncl.ac.uk @nclgeomatics
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Bilfinger GVA has an established presence across the UK with headquarters in London and offices in all the major regional cities. We not only offer the UK’s largest and most diverse multidisciplinary property consultancy, but through GVA Worldwide, we are represented in 21 countries and 128 market locations.
training for first time success on the APC. Graduates will achieve an internationally recognised professional qualification all within a friendly and supportive environment.
Winners in the industry Bilfinger GVA forms one of the big five UK property services companies, according to Property Week's latest annual growth forecast survey. Our award winning graduate programme was also ranked again this year in the Jobcrowd survey as ‘Top 10 Property & Housebuilding Companies for graduates to work for’ and the ‘Top 100 Companies for graduates to work for’.
Who we are In July 2014 we merged with Bilfinger Real Estate, the property advisory division of engineering and services giant Bilfinger SE group; a business that employs 60,000 people globally, providing industrial, power, building and facilities capabilities to both the public and private sectors with a turnover in excess of €6 billion. Bilfinger GVA offers exciting opportunities for graduates both nationally and internationally and provides tailored
Bilfinger GVA works closely with the RICS to ensure all training and experience is relevant and challenging. We have a dedicated HR Graduate team, internal and external training, opportunities in diverse areas of the business, study leave and networking opportunities to get graduates off to the best possible start. Furthermore, graduates are empowered with responsibility from day one. Beginning a career at Bilfinger GVA enables our graduates to fulfill the dream of becoming a chartered surveyor within an organisation that’s among the best in the business. Along the way our graduates will make friends, build a professional network, be given the tools to realise their potential as a commercial real estate professional and most importantly, have fun!
Graduates will achieve an internationally recognised professional qualification all within a friendly and supportive environment.
Contact More information on our Graduate Programme and other placement schemes can be found at www.gva.co.uk/graduates Email the Graduate Team email@example.com and follow us on Twitter: GVA_Graduates
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What inspired you to enter the surveying industry? I always had an interest in property, as some members of my family work within the construction industry. I was very interested in design, law, science & ICT whilst at school and after my A-levels I was either going to study Law, ICT or Property. I chose the latter, mainly due to the upturn in the property market in 2006, and started my RICS accredited BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying at Kingston University, London. Unfortunately, in my final year the recession hit and all graduate programs had been suspended. I then worked full time for various contractors including quantity surveying for public sector projects around the South East, until I was able to get a position in a graduate scheme. I started with Dron & Wright, Property Consultants based in Central London, in 2011 and passed my APC, first time, last year. Why did you choose your surveying specialism? The Building Surveying pathway was a natural choice following my degree. It included a great focus on project management, law, contract administration and building pathology. The pathway combined with my exposure at Dron & Wright, first lead me to assist with projects then head up my own projects, dilapidations negotiations and party wall awards. What has been your greatest career challenge? Some of my greatest challenges have included the refurbishment of 4 blocks of Victorian flats in Fitzrovia with my APC
Supervisor, then advising our client's solicitor over their disposal. However one of my most challenging projects was a change of use project (from commercial to high-end residential) in Whitehall. This included obtaining planning & listed buildings consent along with managing the construction project through to disposal. It has also been exciting assisting with the fit-out of four floors at Heron Tower and acting for the adjoining owner during the construction of The Leadenhall Building. Where do you see yourself in five years? I'm very outgoing and personable, so for me I would be managing a team and developing key clients. I'm increasingly being involved with the TMT sector which I really enjoy. Gaining chartered status early on in my career can only lead to increased opportunities during this postrecession recovery. What one piece of advice would you give to people starting out in the surveying industry?
Be personable - being â€œtechnical and detailed is a
great trait to have but I've learnt that if you can simplify or graphically show your advice, when you present your report or recommendation to your client then you will have provided an excellent service.
Martin Smith MRICS Senior Project Manager Burofour You have been involved in increasing the diversity of RICS; can you explain? The property industry considerably lags behind other industries in tackling diversity, one aspect of which is sexual orientation. Freehold is a networking group for the LGBT community which aims to promote and support diversity across the property sector. As a member, and supported by RICS and my colleagues, I helped plan our first London Pride this year, which was a great experience. I'm proud of our achievements to-date - increasing awareness and pushing the business case forward to many of the top global consultancies.
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Your future as a Carter Jonas graduate Carter Jonas LLP is a multi-disciplinary property consultancy with a network of 36 offices across England and Wales. The firm employs more than 600 partners and staff and advises on all aspects of commercial, rural and residential property. OUR GRADUATES Our brand values are important to us and our graduates must reflect our values; Approachable – we treat every relationship with respect, integrity and warmth; Effective - we do what we say we will, we do it well and we’re accountable; Ambitious – we are ambitious for our clients and our firm. Our values are threaded through our strategy and day to day activities and we are ambitious in our aim to support our graduates through their APC and ensure that together we achieve outstanding results. We help our graduates to work diligently to attain membership of RICS, providing a structured approach, which we continue to develop and improve. Working with you, we make sure you are provided with the appropriate training and experience to achieve the required competency levels. Your professional development will encompass technical, transferable and professional practice skills. You will be regularly assessed to ensure you have achieved the full level of competency for your final assessment. We offer you our specialist knowledge, a varied and interesting workload, networking opportunities and paid study leave. We provide the potential to gain experience through a rotational route in our larger hub offices, to ensure wide exposure to different clients and exciting projects.
“I HAVE FOUND CARTER JONAS TO BE A PROFESSIONAL, FUN AND ENJOYABLE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO BEGIN MY SURVEYING CAREER. IT IS IMPORTANT TO FEEL THAT YOU HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THOSE AROUND YOU YET THE FREEDOM TO LEARN FOR YOURSELF AS WELL, I THINK THIS BALANCE IS HIT AT CARTER JONAS!” - Jack Bygott, Graduate Surveyor
AREAS OF SPECIALISM Agency, building surveying, commercial property, investment and property management, planning & development, residential property, rural property management, professional services and valuation. Salary £20-25,000 + benefits Number of vacancies 20
TO APPLY, VISIT: WWW.CARTERJONAS.CO.UK/GRADUATES
Here’s one job opportunity where you could create 20,000 more When we advised a public sector client on how to attract investment to one of the largest commercial real estate sites in the capital, even we didn’t realise quite what a positive impact the project would have. As well as £1bn of investment, the 300 new businesses moving in are expected to bring 20,000 new jobs with them. Which is great news for the people in the area, of course, and a fine example of the difference you can make as part of the Deloitte team. Join us on one of our work experience programmes, an industrial placement or after you graduate, and you’ll be inspired to gain new skills, gather new insights and make amazing things happen every day. And while you’re helping clients realise their full potential, we’ll be there to help you do the same.
www.deloitte.co.uk/students Audit • Consulting • Risk Advisory Tax Consulting • Financial Advisory • Technology
You must be passionate about the property industry, commercially aware and be focussed on client delivery, able to exceed client expectations. Together, we have ambitious plans for an exciting future, working as a team, we will achieve our goals and growth plans, supporting our business strategy and going from strength to strength. We are Investors in People Bronze awarded (IIP) and an equal opportunities employer.
© 2015 Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is an equal opportunities employer. Member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.
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WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF? As a project or cost manager with AECOM you could help deliver the changes our towns and cities need. Do you fancy a challenge? We are looking for 500 graduates to join us this year across the UK and Ireland. Visit our website to complete a short online application. Who knows where it will lead.
The SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation
• A direct entry route to RICS membership at Associate level • Qualify in as little as 18 months as an alternative to university education • Industry leading trainers with Chartered Surveyor status • Flexible training to fit around your work and life commitments
SAVA has over a decade of experience in the surveying industry and has enrolled over 100 prospective surveyors into the school since
I would recommend the qualification to anyone. It’s a great course; well-structured, presented superbly and the systems are user friendly. - Steve Funnell | SAVA Learner
School of Surveying www.surveyorqualifications.co.uk
Graduate project manager, Daniel, at the Galashiels Transport Interchange, Scotland.
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The Bartlett RICS Recruit Matching the right talent to the right projects RICS Recruit is the UK’s No. 1 built environment job recruitment board. It gives you unparalleled access to the surveying and property sectors with almost 1,100 active vacancies in the UK and around the world. • Graduate and Executive hub packed full of knowledge and guidance to support your career development. • Get access to leading companies who are looking for RICS members like you who have the right skills and knowledge. • Access RICS Recruit via your smartphone or tablet to search and apply for jobs.
Find your future job today
We want to make the world a better place. What do you want to do? Design better buildings? Plan better cities? Build sustainable communities? Help meet the challenges of climate change? Whatever your ambitions for the built environment, The Bartlett could be a big step towards them. Studying here is about the big picture. It’s about excelling at an individual discipline within the context of many others, and discovering specialisms, themes and passions that can take you where you want to be, wherever you are in your education or career. We have 11 schools and sections in the faculty. Our undergraduate programmes include architecture, project management, planning and urban studies. You can study for a postgraduate degree or doctorate at any of our schools, and we also offer a varied programme of professional, executive education and CPD courses. Employers in London and across the world in architecture, planning, construction and engineering say they can recognise that way of thinking, that ‘Bartlettness’ in a graduate. When they do, they don’t waste any time: more than 90% of our graduates secure fulltime employment within six months of completing their course.
Courses • BSc Urban Planning, Design & Management • BSc Planning and Real Estate • MSc Housing Development • MSc International Planning • MSc International Real Estate and Planning • MSc Mega Infrastructure Planning Appraisal and Delivery • MSc Sustainable Urbanism • MSc Spatial Planning • MSc Urban Regeneration • MSc Urban Design and City Planning • MSc Facility and Environment Management • MSc Sustainable Heritage • BSc Project Management for Construction • MSc Project and Enterprise Management • MSc Construction Economics and Management • MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance
The MSc Facility and Environment Management programme consolidated the experience I had – everything just fell into place, it’s such a comprehensive course. It fast-tracked me in the FM industry. I was coming in fresh and suddenly I knew all the important people, I’d got this network of supportive friends.
Jean Hewitt, Consultant and trainer, part time access advisor at City of London corporation
Contact The Bartlett UCL Faculty of the Built Environment Gower Street London WC1E 6BT +44 (0)20 7679 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk
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MSc Environmental Engineering MSc Flood Risk Management MSc Hydrogeology and Water Management MSc Hydrology and Climate Change www.ncl.ac.uk @nclceg
Our annual careers guide aimed at those interested in learning more about careers in land, property and construction.