Graduate Stories


Nicholas, Stephanie 2017 - CropStephanie Nicholas




I completed my APC at Aitchison Raffety, whilst primarily situated within the Business Rates team. Within my first year I was responsible for my own client files within Central London which provided a good degree of responsibility and autonomy. My experienced colleagues were always on hand and happy to provide support when needed. Aitchison Raffety offers a diverse range of expertise which allows graduates to develop a broad range of skills and gain exposure to several divisions.

There is a positive ‘team’ emphasis within the company which creates a very welcoming and supportive environment within which graduates can flourish. The combination of Aitchison Raffety’s strong work ethic and their many social opportunities, make the company an enjoyable and inspiring place to work.


Jack TaylorTaylor, Jack 2017 - Crop

St Albans



Having joined Aitchison Raffety with a non-cognate degree in Law with Spanish, I am being sponsored through an RICS accredited Master’s Degree whilst simultaneously completing the APC in order to achieve MRICS status. With the support of my experienced and knowledgeable colleagues, I have been able to grow as a professional as well as manage the increased workload which comes with studying whilst in full-time employment.

Upon joining Aitchison Raffety, my initial responsibilities primarily concerned assisting the Business Rates team with existing case work. Since then I have been able to take on my own cases whilst still assisting other members of the team as well as developing a project concerning a single aspect of Rating; ‘Material Change of Circumstances’.

A combination of my work at Aitchison Raffety and studies has allowed me to gain valuable knowledge in other areas such as Agency, Valuation and Planning & Development. The large number of specialist departments at the company makes it an ideal environment to progress through the APC with sufficient experience in each competency in my chosen pathway.


Emily Bentley

St Albans



I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 with a RICS accredited degree in Building Surveying and entered the industry working as a Building Surveyor, but after 12 months decided to take a different career path. I was attracted to commercial surveying and accordingly joined a niche firm in Sheffield. Upon relocating to Hertfordshire, I joined NHS Property Services as a Property Manager. I am now pleased to have joined Aitchison Raffety as a Graduate Surveyor within the Healthcare Division.

My day to day work mainly consists of dealing with Landlord & Tenant matters and Valuations. I also assist in a number of other areas such as Development, Agency and Business Rates, providing me with the range of experience required for the APC, which I plan to sit in Autumn 2017.

The AR Graduate scheme provides a structured programme where graduates are given a variety of challenging work and a high level of responsibility, with plenty of support along the way. The strong team ethic makes you feel valued as a member as well as making it an enjoyable place to work.

number of specialist departments at the company makes it an ideal environment to progress through the APC with sufficient experience in each competency in my chosen pathway.


martin-luke-cropiLuke Martin




I joined the Aitchison Raffety Planning Team in the Northampton office as an Assistant Planner, after graduating from the RTPI accredited Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development in University College Cork, Ireland. I previously worked with An Bord Pleanála, the Irish planning inspectorate, and Cork City Council, an Irish local authority. While I was able to get some planning experience in these roles during my degree, this is my first role as a qualified Planner.

Moving over to the UK from Ireland was a daunting way to get started with my career, but I am happy to say everything has worked out well. Before I even started the job I went to attend the company conference where the Planning Team won the Best Team in the company for work they have done throughout the year. So no pressure!

Thankfully when I came into the office on my first day I found everyone in the office to be very welcoming. Since then, I’ve been taking on various pieces of work as part of the different planning projects, and I’m really enjoying the work. I’ve started the process of gaining my Licentiate Membership of the RTPI, and I look forward to continuing my work with the AR Planning Team and progressing to become a fully Chartered Member of the RTPI.