JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 166
The UK's property
sector has had its
ups and downs over
the past decade,
but this fast-moving
industry is rich with
orking in the
sector is about more
than just selling houses. It can
also involve the management
of properties, letting them
out to tenants, redeveloping
existing plots and advising on
There are three main types
of private property: residential,
commercial and rural. If
you're interested in working
in any of these, excellent
communication and numeracy
skills, plus commercial
awareness, are key to progress.
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Surveyors deal with all aspects of
residential and commercial property,
whether it's sales, purchases, leases
or management. A key part of this job
includes assessing properties and placing
a value on them, using your knowledge
of the market. Surveyors don't just
get involved with existing properties.
You could also be asked to manage the
entire development of a property, from
greenfield stage - when there is nothing
but undeveloped land - right through
to assessing the completed buildings.
What skills do I need? You'll need to
be a strong negotiator and have excellent
knowledge of the property market. You
will also need to be a good multitasker,
as you may have several clients and
projects on the go at once. If you choose
to work in the private sector, you may
work long hours, including weekends,
so flexibility is also important.
What qualifications do I need? You
will start as a trainee surveyor, and the
most direct route to becoming one is
with undergraduate or postgraduate
degree accredited by the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
There are also apprenticeship schemes,
which last two years and will give you
associate member status with RICS.
More information can be found on
the Chartered Surveyors Training
Trust website (see box, right).
How much can I earn? Trainees
start on £20,000 to £25,000, while
the average salary for an experienced
surveyor is around £50,000.