I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Joint Honours degree in Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies.
Journey to JLL
In my second year at university I undertook voluntary work experience at a local independent estate agent, deepening my understanding of the residential property market. Wanting to expand my commercial property knowledge, I applied and was accepted onto another property company’s summer scheme where I spent a month working in their commercial development team. I then applied for a place on the JLL summer internship which I was successful with and gained a place on the Residential Development Team.
My duties ranged from creating specification-benchmarking schedules, to compiling comparable reports for pitch meetings. I was kept busy with work from various members of the team so I was constantly learning and enhancing my real estate knowledge; being a non-cognate intern I was pleased to be learning so much from top surveyors. Apart from my team duties, I also attended meetings scheduled specifically for the interns. These meetings were a chance for us to understand what being a graduate at the firm would be like. The talks ranged from Senior Surveyors discussing life and career progression at JLL, to hearing from Guy Grainger himself, welcoming us to the company and encouraging us to really get involved during our internship.
My pathway to achieving such a coveted offer from JLL has most certainly not been a traditional one. Thankfully JLL is one of the few surveying firms that interviews all kinds of candidates, whether they have studied real estate or otherwise. This ensures that JLL is comprised of a variety of talented surveyors with not only real estate knowledge but also their own unique areas of expertise, which is essential when providing such a wide range of services for our clients.