"Leaving the fun and familiar surroundings of the lecture theatre and getting your feet under a desk can be a daunting step into the professional world. But at CBRE, a sea of new faces quickly becomes a network of colleagues and friends sharing knowledge and support that has been priceless in developing my skills and experience on my journey from graduate to chartered surveyor.
Every day as a building surveyor is different and presents unique challenges, however my typical day consists of liaising with clients and advising on everything from dilapidations strategy and negotiation to technical aspects ahead of buying, selling or occupying a property. I spend as much time out of the office as I do in it, and end up in a wide variety of locations from landmark offices in the centre of London to shopping centres, theatres and cinemas across Europe (and occasionally further!) – however it is nice to know that I will always be coming back to my team and office. Being a building surveyor means I get to talk and work with a variety of people ranging from skilled tradesmen to the bosses of some of the largest companies across the globe, on both fast paced transactions that I then read about in the paper the week after or more intricate projects that require a great deal of skill and care from a wider project team. As a graduate, the rotation system at CBRE also means that I was able to draw on the experience of some of the leading individuals in the industry and learn about the finer details of those specialisms that I simply would not have been able to if I was not given the opportunity to move between teams.
A particular highlight for me was when, prior to its proposed purchase, I surveyed a beautiful Grade II* Tudor hotel within walking distance from Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the World Heritage Site that is Stratford-upon-Avon. Not only is it great to get out of the office so much but being able to work with prestigious clients on such beautiful examples of historic architecture is a real benefit to my career at CBRE and me as an individual. If you are looking to develop as a respected and skilled professional, whilst also having fun along the way, then it seems CBRE might be the perfect fit for you."