Real Estate

Career options

Your course helps you to build the skills and knowledge needed to build a career as a property professional. Many students go on to become chartered surveyors. Surveying is an incredibly broad profession but the main disciplines fall into three main sectors - land, property, and construction. Although a RICS accredited degree will provide you with transferable core skills nd business knowledge, you will also need to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in order to practice as a Chartered Surveyor with the MRICS designation.

There are three main groupings of pathways - property, construction and land and within these there are specialist pathways. Studying Real Estate prepares you most directly for the specialisms that fall under the Property pathway. You can explore options within the construction and property sections on TARGETjobs and Prospects, where there are some informative job profiles and case studies of recent graduates including Commercial/Residential Surveyor , Planning and Development Surveyor  and Rural Practice Surveyor.

Chartered surveying is not your only option. You may be interested in related areas such as property development and management, estate agency or facilities management. Also bear in mind that many graduate jobs consider graduates from any discipline and you will have developed key transferable skills that could be applied to a range of settings. If you are thinking wider and would like some support please refer to the 'Planning Your Future' and 'See An Adviser' sections of this website.  

Where can I work?

A range of opportunities exist within the private and public sectors both in the UK and abroad. Typical employers include chartered surveying firms, property consultancies, local authorities and large commercial property owning organisations (eg housing associations, leisure groups, retailers, the NHS). With experience, it is possible to set up your own practice. 
In addition to having specialist knowledge relevant to the particular role common skills and qualities typically sought after include:

  • good oral and written communication skills, including presentation and report writing skills
  • ability to build lasting relationships with clients and colleagues
  •  teamworking skills
  • ability to negotiate
  • numeracy, analysis and problem solving skills
  • commercial awareness and ability to ensure you are adding maximum value to clients' businesses
  • ability to work under pressure and accept responsibility
  • a logical and practical mind

You can develop these skills through study, experience and personal interests and achievements so think broadly when giving evidence in applications.

The full Higher Education Academy (HEA) Employability Profile - Building/Surveying (PDF) outlines the knowledge, skills and competencies you can develop as a student and those required by employers in depth. Section 4 contains some useful reflective questions that can help you with personal development planning. There are a lot of questions here but dipping into them regularly can really help you raise your self-awareness, and is fantastic preparation for future job or placement interviews.

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent, employer led organisations that aim to reduce skills gaps and shortages to improve productivity and performance and to increase opportunities to boost the skills of each sector's workforce. Construction Skills and The Building Futures Group are most relevant and contain a wealth of useful careers and employability information such as career profiles and case studies, relevant industry events and news and reports on skills gaps.

Finding experience and jobs

You can find jobs and work experience opportunities and a wealth of information and advice about job/ work experience search and applications, interview techniques and employer insights on TARGETjobs and RICS Recruit Don't forget to check out the Finding A Job section for general advice about job hunting, applications and networking/social media. Our own jobs and events database UniHub advertises relevant graduate vacancies and summer internships and the D&S placement blackboard site advertises undergraduate sandwich placements. The key links section also has a few more ideas to get you started.

Many property firms follow an annual recruitment cycle for both graduates and sandwich placement students. Deadlines are typically November-January, however watch out for earlier deadlines in October. Some regional offices and smaller companies may recruit outside of this cycle so keep looking for opportunities throughout the year. Many (but not all) employers sign up to a voluntary charter which bounds them to good practice in terms of making offers for graduate roles and not putting undue pressure on finalists to quickly accept offers. Please see 'Useful Files' for further detail.

However, many opportunities (particularly work experience and opportunities with smaller firms) are not always advertised so a proactive approach is often effective. Approach employers directly to enquire about opportunities. Useful resources to get details of employers include local authority websites, and the RICS 'Find a Surveyor' tool.

Destinations of recent Sheffield Hallam graduates

Examples include:

  • Graduate Surveyor at Colliers International
  • Commercial Surveyor at Clarke Nicholas Construction
  • Assistant Development Manager at Hadley Property Group
  • Trainee Graduate Valuer at the Scottish Borders Council
  • Estate Surveyor at the NPS Group
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:26