What attracted you to property?
I knew I wanted to end up working in the professional services and although I wasn’t sure which one. I knew I wanted to work hard and get on, but also to maintain something which resembled a social life. Having always been interested in architecture, the idea of working in a profession where I would be working with tangible assets was very attractive to me. I was truly sold when I found out I could obtain professional credentials in an industry that was rewarding and sociable.
Why did you choose Montagu Evans
As a firm, Montagu Evans is my ideal size. I didn’t feel overwhelmingly keen on joining a huge, corporate conglomerate. That said, I also wasn’t planning on joining a small firm where APC training may not have been as strong.
I was also advised that obtaining experience in a consultancy firm like Montagu Evans early in my career would provide exposure to the vast array of fields where I could potentially carve out a niche in later on.
Furthermore, I was aware that the firm is highly regarded within the industry for its professionalism and expertise across a range of services and that this was reflected in the type of clients on the firms books. For these reasons, I knew that my affiliation with Montagu Evans will serve me well, long into the future.
What has your road to the APC consisted of?
I graduated from Oxford Brookes with a 1st in Real Estate Management (Bsc) in 2014, having secured my position (subject to actually getting a degree) that Spring to start in September.
Once here, I began in the Valuation seat. Here I was completing mainly loan-security work as well as the odd portfolio valuation. I’m currently in the Lease Advisory seat where I assist mainly with rent reviews, lease renewals and lease restructures within the West End office market where we predominantly represent Landlords.
Next up are two six month stints within the Investment Agency and Rating teams.
What does your working day consist of?
I’m in every day for 8am, which was a shock to the system coming from the lazy 2pm wake-ups of Uni life. Generally I take 20-30 minutes for lunch and I’m out the door by 6. Additionally, I’ll often attend networking/social events or CPD in the evening. While the days can be long, I find myself highly motivated by completing projects and tasks which secure further criteria for my APC requirements and deepen my knowledge of property.
Interview Advice for Prospective Applicants
Make sure you’re fully up to date on the political/economic climate. It’s not that hard to do and it reflects very well on you when such knowledge is dropped in the interview! It also helps if you’re reading the property press such as Estates Gazette, Property Week and Bricks & Mortar (Sunday Times) whenever possible. It’s always a good idea to have a list of property topics you can discuss in some depth as it demonstrates your commitment to the profession.