September 2010 RICS accredited courses
DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER IN SURVEYING
WHY BECOME A SURVEYOR? IN MY EXPERIENCE
Surveying is a diverse and exciting career choice that can give you the opportunity to travel the world and meet all kinds of people. If you think of the physical assets that cover the earth – buildings, trees, reefs, airports, antiques,festivals, hotels, rainforests, ports and harbours, to name a few – surveyors are there shaping the world that we live in, making their mark. This guide is designed to help you to find out more about the surveying profession, the work that surveyors do and why surveying could be the career for you.
Name: James Lombard Position: Valuation Surveyor Degree: MSc in Real Estate Management at OxfordBrookes University Employer: Cushman and Wakefield
“I joined Cushman & Wakefield’s Paris office in September 2007 after graduating and was then recruited as a bilingual member of their valuation team on a full-time basis. Variety
Depending on which area you decide to specialise in you could become involved in planning and creating cities, protecting the environment, designing the latest SonyPlaystation game, helping to organise the festival at Glastonbury, discovering a lost work of art, or doing the next big property deal.
Lifestyle & travel
Working hours aren’t usually too onerous in the surveying profession either – well unless you want to work long hours that is – which makes surveying the envy of many other professions such as law and accountancy. Another attraction is thatsurveyors are not chained to their desks – although you are likely to be office based you will spend a great deal of time out and about, meeting people and generally making your mark on the world. Many surveyors travel extensively – both locally and internationally.
The good news is that surveying is generally a well paid profession. Chartered Surveyors can command high salaries once they arefully qualified, and internationally, surveyors are among some of the highest paid graduates – beyond that, the sky is the limit.
What was the content of the course? The MSc Real Estate Management provides a further educational opportunity for graduates wishing to increase their knowledge of the property industry and enter the property profession. The degree provides a theoretical framework todevelop your knowledge with practical real life examples and case studies. How has the course helped you in your career? The course gave me a solid base in which to start working in the real estate industry and eventually become chartered. I now work for the valuation team and the MSc taught me core valuation principles enabling me to develop extensive valuation skills acting for a variety ofnational and international property investors, banks and corporate clients. What do you enjoy most about your career in property and surveying? Over the last three years at Cushman I have had the benefit of travelling across most of France visiting the assets that we have to value. I have also got to know a number of clients from differing backgrounds and have the benefit of working with a wide rangeof people and businesses.”
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What does it mean to be chartered?
Employers and their clients around the world recognise the RICS brand as the mark of quality and professionalism within the property and surveying professions. For the public, RICS represents integrity and trust as members must meet the rigorous educational and practice standards required bythe market place. Because of this, global recognition of chartered status is, for individuals, the gateway to numerous career opportunities and increased earning potential.
If you consider yourself to be a gregarious ‘people person’ the surveying profession could be absolutely perfect for you. You will meet a wide range of people from building contractors and architects; to...
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