Property and Land and Surveying Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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Though the economic downturn has had a significant impact on some sections of the property sector and this has had a knock-on effect on surveyors, the letting and property management aspects of the sector are still going strong.

No two days are the same in the property and surveying sector, so if you thrive on variety and are excited by new challenges then perhaps a career in this industry could be for you. There is also the potential to earn a really good salary, while working with all sorts of people and potentially travelling all over the world.

Chartered surveyors do much more than simply inspecting houses for structural defects and damp. They may find employment in a variety of settings from global construction companies and engineering contractors to local government and public sector organisations.

Estate agents may have to work long or irregular hours in order to satisfy client and customer needs. Viewings often take place outside of normal office hours so agents need to be available in the evenings and at weekends. By contrast, surveyors often work regular hours, though they occasionally work longer hours to meet deadlines and meet clients’ needs.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

In order to get a job in property, land or surveying you will need a related degree and possibly a postgraduate qualification too. You may also have to have a qualification which is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

You may be able to get a graduate job in property and land with the following degrees:

  • Property development
  • Landscape and country management
  • Real Estate management
  • Surveying
  • Urban studies

Many graduate employers will consider taking graduates from disciplines unrelated to property, land and surveying. However, you will need to take either a postgraduate qualification or a conversion course accredited by the RICS to move on with your career.

What skills do I need?TOP ^

Graduate jobs in property and land revolve around excellent communication and people skills, particularly in estate agent jobs. You will need enthusiasm, confidence and excellent negotiation skills, as well as the ability to work as part of a team and on your own initiative.

If you opt to get into surveying or construction, you will also need to be able to demonstrate sound technical skills and creativity under pressure. Some good skills to show include:

As you progress in your career, it will become important to develop leadership and management skill such as:

What graduate property and land jobs can I do? TOP ^

Working as a property surveyor or estate agent will involve a lot of time out of the office meeting contractors, clients and customers. This is not a job for desk people. Your work environment depends on your choice of specialism - estate agents can work in both state-of-the-art city centre showrooms or out in the country.

Some jobs include:

  • Estate agent
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Chartered surveyor
  • Property manager
  • Architect
  • Town planner
  • Structural engineer

There are currently more than 350,000 people employed in the property and housing sector, with property negotiation and management having the largest share of the market, followed by valuing, surveying and town planning.

London is the major property market in the UK.

Average property and land salariesTOP ^

The property and land sector offers graduates a potentially lucrative sector. Although starting salaries for recent graduates may be low, earnings grow rapidly with experience, while estate agents can often earn uncapped commission.

  • Quantity surveyor: £19,000 - £50,000
  • Estate agent: £20,000 - £55,000
  • Structural engineer: £23,000 - £70,000
  • Town planner: £16,000 - £80,000
  • Housing officer: £16,000 - £50,000
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