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Building a career in property: a year out with Sanderson Weatherall

Marketing / 16 Jun, 15

Will joined Sanderson Weatherall 12 months ago on a student placement from the University of West England.

Joining the Sanderson Weatherall team in Bristol last July was the first large step of my property career and has given me a good insight into the world of surveying.

My placement started within the Valuation department which saw me assisting with both residential and commercial valuations on a huge variety of properties including a 250,000 sq ft food processing factory in Plymouth and at the opposite extreme a 330 sq ft chalet in Dorset! Though these types of valuations were not a weekly occurrence, there was plenty of opportunity to test my skills and work on my core competencies.

Having finished my first six months in this department I transferred to working alongside the retail agents, a different breed of surveyor – not necessarily a statement applicable to all but certainly within the confines of the Bristol office. Understanding how the two disciplines cross over in the real world was instantly made clear by one colleague who stated that, “retail agents make the news and the valuers simply report the news”.

I have enjoyed the variety that this line of work has to offer. Unlike valuation which is structured, retail is not always as straightforward and this is what can make tasks more interesting as you never quite know what the next phonecall will lead to. My involvement in this department largely comprised acquisitions on behalf of Richard and James’s retained clients, dealing with both A1 and A3 retailers.

Not only has the experience been enjoyable within the office, but there has also been a great social element to the year including the company’s participation in the RICS Rugby 7’s and football tournament which I have been fortunate to compete in.

I appreciate that I have been lucky enough to experience both departments which has significantly added to my practical and technical knowledge. I can only recommend the benefits of working with the ‘experts’ as, for me, it has contributed to a much better understanding of the surveying world. I am confident that the skills and understanding gained from this year out will give me and Carys the edge in the final year of university and the confidence to achieve a first class degree.

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