My interest in the residential sector began to develop during my time studying for a BSc in Real Estate from the University of Reading. What attracted me to this sector of the industry was the diverse job opportunities on offer, in particular that of residential development. In the penultimate year of my studies, I completed the Knight Frank Summer Internship Scheme spending time in both the Mayfair and Country Sales teams. This further increased both my ambition to work in the residential sector and in particular for Knight Frank. Despite being on a short internship, I was fully integrated in to both teams and given a good flavour of working life at the firm.
The application process for the Knight Frank Graduate Scheme was a lot less strenuous than that of other firms I experienced. The initial submission of a C.V. allows the company the chance to get an initial feel for your capabilities and past experience. Following this, you may be invited to a further face-to-face interview and finally an assessment day. Whilst sounding intense and stressful, this process is handled in such a way that you feel relaxed and at ease with the firm and those around you.
In February 2013, I was offered a position on the Residential Graduate Scheme with Knight Frank to start in September of that year. The residential scheme comprises seven, three monthly rotations across various teams including residential development, valuation and property management. There is one further six monthly rotations in a Knight Frank Sales office in Prime Central London. The vast range of rotations ensure that you reach the correct level of competence for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) as well as giving you a great understanding of the residential property market in all its forms. The graduate scheme is further enhanced by the other graduates on both the residential and commercial schemes. There is a great rapport in our year and we regularly organise dinners, weekends away and grad nights out. These add to the experience of a well-established and comprehensive graduate scheme.
The activities and responsibility for a graduate vary depending on the team that you are sitting in at the time. However from my experience, I have been encouraged to really engage in the day to day work alongside the rest of the team. This has involved doing my own deals in both lettings and sales seats and running my own appraisals and valuation reports. This involvement does not only increase the daily enjoyment and feeling of worth at the firm, but is vital for the APC. Alongside this, there are numerous training days focusing on various personal skills such as presentation and conflict avoidance to further widen your knowledge and develop your professional profile.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Knight Frank graduate scheme and enjoy the variety of teams and jobs that I have got involved with since joining the firm. As well as this, I get the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business and develop great friendships with colleagues both in and outside of the scheme. Working in the Knight Frank Residential division exposes you to the most illustrious end of the sector, enhancing your experiences and broadening your horizons, something unrivalled in the industry.