Graduate Stories


Hugo Harding

I studied Real Estate at the University of Reading and graduated in 2019. I initially started at Aitchison Raffety for two weeks work experience in the Commercial Agency team in St Albans and was pleased to be offered a full time role on the graduate programme when my work experienced came to an end.

My day to day role includes commercial agency and lease advisory work, as well as valuations. I am frequently travelling out of the office and have the opportunity to meet many types of tenants and clients. I have dealt with a wide array of properties which means that every day is different.

The work environment is inspiring and motivates me to learn as much as possible about the local market. The support that I have been given by the team has only enhanced this drive. All these factors provide a great platform to work towards completing my APC to become a RICS accredited surveyor.

Having grown up in the St Albans area, Aitchison Raffety has provided me with a unique opportunity to help shape the city that I live and work in, and I am excited to see what there is in store for the future.

Ollie Redman

Having graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2018 I was keen to pursue a career in property. I therefore undertook an MSc in Real Estate at the Henley Business School, University of Reading – graduating in September 2019 with a Merit grade. After my master’s course I completed a four-month internship within the Energy & Sustainability team at Knight Frank before undertaking a fixed-term role within the Asset Management team at NHS Property Services. Near the end of my contract at NHSPS I applied to the graduate scheme at Aitchison Raffety and was thrilled to be able to start my current job here in January 2021.

I am now working within the bustling commercial agency team in the St Albans office while completing my APC – hoping to become an accredited RICS surveyor in 2022. I have been handed great deal of responsibility thus far which has helped me develop as a real estate professional. Furthermore, I am been delighted with the support I have received from this tight-knit team. My day-to-day roles involve dealing with landlord and tenant matters, valuations and agency work. This means I am often out and about and learning the local market.

I am confident that that I have chosen the right company to begin my career with and look forward to seeing what the future holds for me at Aitchison Raffety.





Emily Bentley

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.