Michael Jameson talks about his one-year placement with the Sanderson Weatherall corporate recovery department in Leeds.
In July last year, I started my one-year placement in Sanderson Weatherall’s Leeds office. I had previously gained some experience working at an estate agent in Newcastle, so I was looking forward to trying something new.
I am currently studying Real Estate at Northumbria University with a view to becoming a chartered surveyor in the near future. A real added bonus for me of the year in employment is that it has counted as one of the two years’ work experience I need to complete my Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), giving me a real head start.
Working in the asset advisory and recovery team I was involved in a wide variety of insolvency and valuation related instructions. At university, insolvency is not really covered so I knew little of the sector before arriving here, this meant that I was very much learning as I went along.
Sanderson Weatherall is a multi-disciplinary firm that deal with properties across a wide range of industries. This meant that throughout the year I have had the task of dealing with a number of different properties, including industrial, commercial, residential and retail as well as some development land.
This variety was important to me, as it has allowed me to enhance my knowledge across all property types, each of which presented me with a new challenge. As a sports fan myself there are two jobs that stand out from the year, I was lucky enough to work alongside Neil Bestwick on the Wakefield Wildcats Stadium and Flaxby Golf Club property and assets.
Going into my final year I am confident that the skills I have learnt in these past 12 months will stand me in good stead for both my degree and career beyond that.
I can only recommend the ‘hands on’ style of learning I have been lucky enough to enjoy this past year. I have been fortunate enough to gain valuable insights into the day-to-day life of a chartered surveyor and this has only re-affirmed my believe that surveying is a career I want to pursue.