“After successfully completing my second year of a Real Estate degree at UWE, I was keen to gain experience in the surveying world. Joining Sanderson Weatherall’s Bristol office in June 2015 was the first step of my property career and, in all honesty, I was not sure what to expect.
My placement year has seen me spend the majority of my time working in the valuation department, assisting with both residential and commercial property valuations on a wide variety of properties, including industrial premises, retail units, offices, marinas, golf courses, hotels and guest houses throughout Wales and the South West. These inspections have helped me work on my core competencies, whilst back in the office I have worked on my skills in report writing and collating comparable evidence.
The first few months within the office was challenging, as there was a restructure, as well as several new faces joining the team. The biggest task was getting to grips with what was expected of me and attempting to apply the theoretical knowledge that I had learnt in my first two years of university. I have enjoyed working in the valuation department and, although the work is structured, I have enjoyed the fast paced nature of the role and the high turnover of jobs. This has required me to become more efficient when writing reports and making general enquiries.
More recently I have been assisting Anthony Turner, Associate Partner, on Rent Reviews, predominantly on retail units. I have found this type of work to be different, but none the less challenging when advising clients!
There has been a good social element throughout the year, which has included attending networking events and meeting other trainee surveyors in the industry. I have particularly enjoyed participating in the Queen Square boules tournament with other members of the Bristol office, where we narrowly missed out 13-12 in the quarter finals.
I consider myself to have been very fortunate to gain such valuable experience within the valuation department from two RICS registered Valuers. I believe that my experiences within the valuation department will stand me in a good position when returning to university to complete my degree. My overall experience has enabled me to gain a much more thorough understanding of the surveying world, which I would not have gained otherwise. I believe that the skills I have gained throughout the year will give me more confidence in returning to university and completing my degree.” in returning to university and completing my degree.”