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What is it Like to Study Land & Property Management?

Want to study a Land & Property Management degree, but want to make sure you'll enjoy it? Check out our real-life success stories.

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Joelle – Reading

Joelle Allotey

Joelle is 21 and studies Real Estate at the University of Reading. Her inspiration? Her love of the built environment.

Where are you from? What brought you to where you are today?

I currently live in Essex with family. I have a little brother, 13, and an older sister, 23. My dad works in investment banking and my mum owns a shop called Snappy Snaps.

My dad was the real reason I decided to study Real Estate. I had my mind set on studying Architecture, but I knew the complete process of developing buildings interested me more. From this, I decided to do some research and stumbled upon Real Estate, and this led to me Reading.

What qualifications did you have for your course?

A Levels; I studied Economics, French and Textiles.

Why did you choose to study at Reading?

Initially, I knew nothing about studying Real Estate at Reading. I had attended the UCL open day, and soon after decided to see what Reading University, and thus the Henley Business School had to offer.

Once I'd visited, I just knew that Reading was the place to be. This was due to a combination of things, such as the career support system, and the Reading Real Estate Foundation. I’ve never looked back.

What do you like about the course and your university?

Coming from a family that has no contact with the Real Estate world, I was quite nervous about how I would cope studying this course. After my first year, I was proud to say that the teaching support was phenomenal.

Based on the title of the course, many potential students may assume only certain things are taught. However, the course allows students to access the world of Real Estate from so many aspects, and I have been able to understand how property is a fundamental in many professions.

How are you funding your studies?

I’ve just opted for student finance, which means in the future I will have to pay it all back!

What about the social side of things at university?

Reading University has a great social life. There are plenty of clubs and pubs to go with your friends. In my first year I decided to play for the university hockey team, after playing hockey during secondary school.

There are many sports and societies that students can join, it all gets a bit much!

What do you plan to do once you’ve graduated?

I’ve contemplated studying Real Estate and corporate finance at Masters level. I think if I struggled to find a graduate job, it would definitely be something I would consider.

However, I am now in the process of filling out applications for graduate schemes. I am hoping to work for 2 years and then take my APC, resulting in my accreditation as a Chartered Surveyor.

How is your university supporting your career aspirations?

Fortunately, Real Estate is supported by the Reading Real Estate Foundation. The foundation has helped me out tremendously in terms of finding work experience during my summers, providing a mentoring scheme.

This has helped strengthen my links to the Real Estate world, as well as increased my confidence in terms of networking skills.

Charles – Reading

Charles Wadsley

Charles, aged 20, is studying Real Estate with a rural specialism at the University of Reading. He particularly likes the fact that this course offers a wide range of subjects during the initial stages, before a specialism in the third year.

Where are you from? What brought you to where you are today?

I am from Cambridgeshire and have always wanted to work and be involved in the countryside.

I had heard of a rural chartered surveyor but wasn’t initially sure on the work they do. After a bit of research and a week’s work experience it was clear that the profession was for me. 

There are only a few universities that offer such a degree – the BSc Real Estate course at Reading with its rural specialism was exactly what I was looking for; and being a RICS accredited degree it is a fundamental aspect in qualifying as a chartered surveyor.

What inspired you to study this subject?

Knowing that I wanted to become a rural surveyor it was clear that I needed to study Real Estate as it is one of the best ways to enter the profession.

What qualifications did you have for your course?

A levels – Chemistry, Geography, Maths

Why did you choose to study at Reading?

The University of Reading is regarded as one of the best places to study to Real Estate, and the course has great career prospects.

What do you like about the course and your university?

One of the best aspects to the course is that you initially study a wide range of subjects, such as economics, valuations and law. In the third year you can then specialise into a specific area of surveying such as rural or commercial. 

What learning methods does Reading employ?

There is an extensive range of support and industry contact provided by the university, supported by the Reading Real Estate Foundation. 

Obtaining industry contacts is essential for future job prospects and ensures that you have the knowledge of what is going on in the profession. With a lot of the course being based on real life scenarios having industry contacts and the most up to date information is crucial.

What aspects of the course are you finding difficult? Does the university support you well?

There isn’t anything that has really been really difficult but a degree isn’t easy! The university has a comprehensive range of support networks should you need, and if you require a bit more guidance all lecturers are willing to help.

How are you funding your studies?

University isn’t cheap; part-time work during the summer holidays helps. Whilst at university I have undertaken a range of internships – these are a great way to obtain valuable experience and get paid for the work you do.

What about the social side of things at university?

Reading, like other universities, has a great range of sports and clubs that you can get involved in. University so far has been great with lots of opportunities. I have been involved in a wide range of clubs and sports – but it’s all about getting the right balance of social activities and studies.

What do you plan to do once you’ve graduated?

I have already secured graduate job working for Strutt and Parker, where I will start working towards qualifying as a rural surveyor.

How is your university supporting your career aspirations?

Real Estate at Reading has its own specialist careers advice service that provides great support, and not only for graduate jobs. They are also very supportive in obtaining work experience and summer internships – both vital for securing graduate jobs.