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The Guardian UK 300 asked trendence UK – a partner of TARGETjobs’ parent company, GTI – to conduct a survey of university students’ attitudes towards employers and their job hunts. Overall, 62,814 students took part in the trendence Graduate Study 2017. Find out more about the survey methodology.

On this page, we reveal the thoughts of those students who were interested in property employers, along with an overview of careers within the sector . You can use this information to help you decide whether the sector is right for you and to create a job-hunting strategy, based on what other students are doing to secure their first graduate job.

Top rated employers

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Savills

Last year: 1

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BNP Paribas Real Estate

Last year: 3

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3

Knight Frank

Last year: 2

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British Land

Last year: 5

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Last year: 8

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6

Allsop

Last year: 9

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Countryside Properties

Last year: 7

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JLL

Last year: 6

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CBRE

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Strutt & Parker

Last year: 4

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About graduate careers in property

The property industry generates revenue from land and real estate in a variety of ways, from acquiring and disposing of property and land to overseeing the development of new properties to strategically investing in real estate on a client’s behalf. Broadly speaking, property firms can specialise in just one or two of these services or offer a full range (these firms are known as ‘full service’ firms). Property firms also operate in one or a combination of the commercial, residential and rural markets. Property is closely linked to both the construction and finance industries and picks up or slows down accordingly.

Graduates working within property are generally expected to work towards a professional qualification with a relevant professional body, usually either the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). This testifies to their on-the-job expertise. Property professionals can expect a lot of choice over the path their career will take.

Different positions will suit different personalities: you could be involved in the renovation of property, for example, or you could work in ratings – number crunching to set the government’s business rate taxes or helping your client pay the lowest ratings possible. Most property firms rotate you around a number of areas as a graduate, expecting you to specialise when you are professionally qualified. However, some employers will require you to specialise from the start.

Opportunities for graduates

Graduate schemes offered by full-service property firms are a popular choice. They last for two to three years. Smaller, local property companies also take on graduates, usually on an ad hoc basis. There are a number of other companies that own or deal with land, such as retailers, who will also hire graduates into property-related roles.

While many employees join the sector with a property-related degree, this is not the only route to entry. Graduates with other undergraduate degrees can study a postgraduate conversion course before applying, but some property employers will hire non-property graduates and pay for them to complete the postgraduate conversion course while working.

Most property firms offer summer internships and placement-year work experience opportunities to students. Property-related work experience is particularly advantageous, but other work experience that builds your transferable skills is also seen as valuable. Recruiters seek graduates with commercial awareness, relationship-building skills and analytical ability, alongside a genuine interest in property.

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