New website helps young people see opportunities in real estate careers
Young people can change the way we exist in the future with a career in real estate, this is the message as a new website is launched to encourage young people to consider careers in the built environment. The revamped Property Needs You website caters to a new generation of young people and inspires the wide range of career choices in the real estate industry.
Property Needs You is a brand developed by Changing The Face of Property, a collaboration of 12 of the UK’s largest real estate consultancies, Allsop LLP, Avison Young, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Carter Jonas LLP, CBRE, Colliers International, Cushman and Wakefield, Gerald Eve LLP, JLL, Knight Frank, Lambert Smith Hampton and Savills, with the goal of creating greater diversity and inclusion in the industry.
Kelly Canterford is the Changing The Face of Property Program Manager:
“Our new website reflects the larger work we are doing as a collective. In the past, the real estate industry has attracted talent from a certain pool, mainly people trained privately at Russell Group universities. This has changed and is changing, but our mission is to further increase the junior pipeline with a diversity of gender, disability, race and socio-economy and part of this is helping young people, teachers and students. parents to see the variety of career choices in real estate, from planning and surveying to compliance and sustainability.
“Houses, warehouses, office spaces and rural environments; every aspect of our world is touched by professionals in the built environment. The opportunity to influence infrastructure and have a positive impact on communities is extremely exciting. With a career in real estate, young people can change the way we exist in the future.
“New Property Needs You website puts more emphasis on the range of built environment itineraries, including real estate apprenticeships and career opportunities available across the UK, in urban communities and rural. An intuitive career quiz helps young people determine which real estate careers might be suited to their personality and skills, with smart technology allowing for a double count.
Puneet Vedhera is a building surveyor working for Knight Frank and says the more information young people can have about careers in real estate, the better:
“My interest in real estate was first manifested in architecture, and I admit that the financial and entrepreneurial aspect appealed to me. My parents wanted me to practice a profession and it was actually my father who suggested the idea of surveying after hiring a surveyor to work on one of his properties. Now, I cannot thank them enough for guiding me in this direction. I was born in Newcastle and studied at the University of Northumbria, with a year of internship at Newcastle University Estates Department.
“I joined Drivers Jonas Deloitte directly from the university which is now known as Deloitte Real Estate. At that time, diversity was a priority for the company, and although it was still a fairly masculine middle-class environment, change was happening and I was part of it! At that time I was one of the only Northerners and of Indian descent, but even though I wasn’t quite the norm, I never saw this as a problem and I didn’t ‘ve never encountered any problems since being in the industry. I now work at Knight Frank which, like Deloitte, is certainly an inclusive employer and committed to diversity and inclusion.
“It was my interest in becoming certified that was the catalyst for my move to Knight Frank, and I passed the necessary exams within 6 months of arriving here. I have worked with Knight Frank in the Newcastle and London offices and strongly believe that in this industry you can work anywhere and enjoy a successful and well-rounded career in real estate. When I was in Newcastle I built a great network through the RICS, chaired the RICS Matrics group, became a RICS awards judge as well as an ambassador for the Newcastle Gateshead Council, I also progressed at the associated partner level. The projects on offer in Newcastle were also amazing, London just presented a new challenge for me.
“One of the best things about a career in the real estate industry is the diversity of the job, from residential jobs, offices to healthcare and retail spaces as well as renovations and new construction, you could work alongside management consultants or M&A specialists. Building surveys are incredibly extensive and learning is continual. People also don’t realize how relationship-based investigation is based. about relationships and how much networking is involved, which can make it an incredibly fun work environment.
“The more information young people can have about real estate careers, the better they can understand what the different roles are within the industry and what they entail. It certainly would have helped me when I applied to college. I like my role as a surveyor, but there are also aspects of other roles that I find very interesting. When you first start educating yourself, there are likely a number of real estate roles that you might not have necessarily considered, such as estate management, capital markets, or surveying.
Kevin Watson is a partner at Gerald Eve and says careers in real estate give young people the opportunity to get involved in a range of exciting projects and ensure that sustainability is a key priority:
“Gerald Eve was approached at the end of 2017 about a major transformation of the Olympia exhibition center in London. Yoo Capital bought the site with the idea that it would be a conference venue, but there was also the opportunity to make Olympia better and more competitive in the market. It was a large site with a lot of exhibition space, but there was only one restaurant for example, which was in stark contrast to the European exhibition centers which offered a better overall customer experience. As a planning consultant, Gerald Eve developed the planning strategy which considered complementary uses including arts and culture, community use and office space.
“One of the main initial tasks was to work with the council to bring them on board with the vision that Olympia could be improved for the betterment of the borough, putting Olympia on the map. We worked closely with the architects on the designs. Much discussion has centered on the fact that some of the buildings in Olympia are Grade II listed and that the plans have been altered to maintain the heritage aspect of Olympia. Traffic and transportation were another key consideration. Local residents had to deal with the site’s delivery traffic from the existing center and feared that the development of Olympia would increase the traffic. We solved this problem by adding a logistics center in the basement.
“There have been many months of discussions involving the board, the community and key organizations. My role was to lead these discussions and make sure everyone was comfortable. The planning request was formally submitted in September 2019 and forwarded to the planning committee in January 2020 with an authorization issued in October 2020. It is often the end of project participation for a planning consultant, but with Olympia , we continued to work with the design team. , with a shift in focus from planning to construction, such as the over 100 planning conditions that had to be met before construction could begin.
“The Olympia project is now underway and continues to evolve, including the potential for one of the buildings assigned as an office to become a school. Our main role now is to address the issues that arise to minimize the impact on construction, and this part of the project is just as exciting as the planning aspect. There is a misconception that planning is all about consent, but that is not the case at all.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was in school. I did a baccalaureate in math, geography and business, then a bachelor’s degree in geography to give me flexibility. In the second year, I did an urban planning module and I found it interesting. After college, I wrote to several companies. John Littman gave me my first job and the company paid me to do my postgraduate degree in urban planning.
“In town planning, every day is different and no project is the same. The three main skills you need as a planner are organizational ability, the technical knowledge you develop through study, and communication skills. The latter is often underestimated but you have to know how to negotiate and explain to be successful.
“Young people should not be put off by the term ‘town planning’ because it is so much more than that. It’s about regeneration, involvement in high profile construction projects that you often see in the news, and sustainability. The sustainability agenda did not exist when I started planning in 2001, but over the past 5 years it has become one of the most important considerations in a project not only to achieve certain goals, but because that the green agenda is also vital for customers. As a planner, young people have the opportunity to influence projects and ensure that clients consider sustainability. There is no better feeling than seeing a net zero project you’ve been working on come to life.