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Don’t judge a book by its cover

 think it’s fair to say that the past six months have flown by in the Corporate Real Estate team (now Valuation Consultancy) and any negative preconceptions I may have had about valuation work have been eradicated.

Three years of University lectures packed full of overly confusing valuation techniques resulted in a largely pessimistic view leading up to my second rotation. However, I quickly realised that there was much more to the work than lines of calculations and I am now looking back at a very positive, enjoyable and beneficial six months. 

My time in the team has largely consisted of working with NHS PS, writing Market Value reports and subsequently visiting some interesting and varied sites up and down the country. Additionally, I have been involved in the McDonald’s portfolio valuation, multiple rent reviews and a secured lending valuation. 

Overall the work has been vastly different in comparison to my previous six months in the Rating department, however I think it would be useful to point out that the clients that I am dealing with have largely stayed the same. There has been some overlap and transferable skills that have allowed me to help and liaise with certain clients in a more rounded manner. This shows the benefits of rotating through the firm, allowing graduates to give more of a ‘packaged’ and informative service to key clients when required. 

However the past six months has not all been about work. I have been involved in various events including football tournaments, golf days and a number of trips to our box in the 02. One memorable trip included going to see Celine Dion (obviously a big favourite of mine) following a slightly regrettable promise made during a visit to the box with clients from my first six months. Despite preconceptions, it was an enjoyable evening whilst all power ballads were kept well and truly in the locker! 

Next stop for me is West End Office Agency which I’m sure will bring about new relationships, different challenges and undoubtedly a new pair of shoes.

Chris Kerrison, Graduate, Professional Services 


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