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Property and Land and Surveying School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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Do you ever look at something - a piece of wood, bit of cloth, an empty room, something your mum or dad is getting rid of - and immediately see what else that object or space could become? Maybe you'll think about what tools or other items you'd need to make this happen, or questions you'd need to ask to find out how to achieve what's in your mind.

People who develop and assess property see land, buildings and spaces in the same kind of way - not just as they are at that point in time, but also what else they could be. They'll collect data that helps them consider what's already happily existing around the area as well, and consider what it would mean to if the area was used for different purposes or developed in a certain way.

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If you have an interest in the environment, it will help you consider the long-term sustainability for the project you're considering as well. Structures need to have a long-term strategy. Take the Olympic Park in London as an example. Architects and builders had to consider the use of the site after the Olympics as well as during.

Companies and organisations that have an interest in property (property developers, insurance companies, banks, and even government) will either have their own employees to handle their land economy and surveying needs, or hire a consultant. This will give you some options in this career for the kind of company you want to work in, or whether you want to eventually become self-employed.

Jobs in this industry require a lot of technical knowledge as well as creative thinking. You'll need to be confident in the techniques and practices for your job, giving accurate assessments that your employers or clients can trust. You also need to be aware of the latest health and safety regulations that apply to the work you're doing. Deadlines are common, so you may need to work extra hours to accommodate them.

What will I earn? TOP ^

After leaving university, surveyors can earn £20,000-£23,000 in their first job. This can increase to over £30,000 as you become more senior. If you want to go into property development, you can earn around £50,000.

Trainee estate agents can earn anywhere from £10,000 to £20,000, which can increase to over £30,000 depending on experience and the company you’re working for.


Where can I work? TOP ^

You’ll have the most options for a career in this industry with At least five GCSEs at grade C or higher, including ones in Maths and English. Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk to find out about apprenticeships that can build your skills in construction and surveying.

There are a number of degree programmes that can get you into a job as well. You'll need at least three A Levels at B or higher.

If you’re looking for a job, you can generally find positions with individual companies and estate agents. You may be able to secure a position through an internship or apprenticeship too.  

What skills do I need for a career in property, land and surveying? TOP ^

Along with a keen interest in maths, you'll need the ability to understand and analyse complex data, but in a way that you can clearly communicate to your colleagues and clients. Knowing how to prioritise and multitask will keep your workload running smoothly. Good IT skills and an interest in learning the latest developments in your field are also important.

School leaver 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:

What entry level property, land and surveying jobs can I do? TOP ^

While you can get a job as an estate agent or in property sales straight out of school, you will need to get professional qualifications if you want to work as a surveyor or in construction.

Some entry level property, land and surveying jobs include:

  • Trainee surveyor
  • Estate agent
  • Housing officer
  • Facilities manager
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