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FOCUS :

PROPERTY

Surveyors could be asked to manage
entire developments, from greenfield
stage to the completed buildings
management. A key part of this 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 be asked to
manage the entire development of a
property, from greenfield stage (where
there is nothing but undeveloped land)
right through to the completed buildings.
What skills do I need? Surveyors need to
be strong negotiators and have excellent
knowledge of the property market. You
will also need to be a good multi-tasker,
as you might have several clients and
projects on the go at once. If you choose
to work in the private sector, you may
need to work long hours, including
weekends, so flexibility is important.
How much will I earn? Starting salaries
range from £23,000 to £30,000, while
the average salary for an experienced
surveyor is around £46,000.
What's the route into the job? The
starting point is as a Trainee Surveyor.
The most direct route is to have an
undergraduate or postgraduate degree
that is accredited by the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors
(RICS). A full list of these is available on
its website (ricscourses.org). 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 (cstt.org.uk).

Housing Manager
This involves managing housing for
a charity, housing association or private
company. It is a highly interactive role
and key tasks will include conducting
tenant interviews, arranging rent
collection and inspecting properties.
Other stakeholders you will work with
include social workers and estate agents.
You'll also be responsible for deciding
where improvement funds should be
spent and working with the contractors.
What skills do I need? Communication
skills are all-important due to the sheer
number of people you will deal with. You
will need tact and sensitivity when
dealing with tenants and any issues
they may have. You will need to be
good at managing budgets and have the
initiative to learn new housing legislation.
How much will I earn? Starting salaries
for assistant level are around £21,000.
Once you become a Housing Manager
you can earn £30,000 to £43,000.
This does depend on the organisation,
especially as the private sector tends to
pay higher than the public sector.

What's the route into the job? You don't
need any particular qualifications, but you
will generally need customer service
experience. Voluntary or temporary work
as a Housing Assistant would be beneficial.

Investment Advisor
This is a highly varied role that would see
you manage investments people have in
properties. You will help create strategies
that would get them the best return
on their investment. There is a good
deal of co-ordination with other teams,
such as developers and surveyors. Another
part of the role is inspecting properties.
What skills do I need? The deadlinedriven nature of this job means you need
to be a natural multi-tasker, while you
will also need to be commercially aware
and have good numeracy skills.
How much will I earn? At trainee level
the starting salary is around £23,000.
With more experience, you can quickly
see this rise above £30,000. You will
also earn commission.
What's the route into the job? You will
start as a Trainee Advisor working
with more senior people. A degree in
surveying would help, but if you don't
have one you can still join a company
and then take the degree.

FIND OUT MORE
* Advice for a career in property:
apropertycareer.co.uk
* For jobs in property: targetjobs.co.uk/
career-sectors/property

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