I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2009 with a RICS accredited degree in Real Estate Management. After graduating, I began my career as an estate agent in Berkhamsted and went on to open my own company, focusing on high-end residential property sales and commercial acquisitions within the Home Counties. This took me onto the international market where in 2017 I left the UK to work in Dubai where I spent 18 months in the property market.
Returning to the UK in 2018, I joined the Graduate Scheme at Aitchison Raffety within their commercial agency team where I am now working towards my RICS accreditation. My day-to-day work comprises typically of commercial sales / lettings together with rent reviews and landlord and tenant work, which combined, help me gain the experience I need to sit my interview in 2019. Having worked within the industry for more than eight years together with an RICS accredited degree, I am on the fast track pathway to qualifying, meaning my process should take approximately 12 months. Since joining Aitchison Raffety it is clear that they are a firm with a wealth of experience and a company where people are more than happy to help graduates progress.
I joined Aitchison Raffety’s Graduate Scheme in September 2014 with an ‘accelerated’ degree in Law with Spanish from the University of Buckingham; completed in two years as opposed to three, The purpose of the Scheme is to provide the candidate with the structured training required to sit the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). In order to be eligible to sit the Final Assessment of the APC I needed a degree accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This led to Aitchison Raffety sponsoring me through a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from University College of Estate Management (UCEM); for which I achieved a Merit.
Thanks to the support of the company (and many hours work) I was able to complete the MSc whilst simultaneously receiving appropriate structured training; becoming a Member of the RICS in May 2018.
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 that came 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. I still work predominantly with the Business Rates team but with greater responsibility for Client Relationship Management and I am also Lead Surveyor for ‘Material Change of Circumstance’ appeals.
I am pleased with my time at Aitchison Raffety so far and look forward to continuing my professional development here. The large number of specialist departments at the company and level of support provided make it an ideal environment to progress through the APC to achieve MRICS status.
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.
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. The 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.