I am currently studying Rural Property Management at Harper Adams University and in my third year, working on placement at Forge Property Consultants.
The placement process was difficult in the sense that there was such wide range of companies advertising remarkably similar positions. However, Forge Property Consultants stood out from the rest with a wide range of experience offered along with being a small business looking to expand. The support offered within the APC process was also key, this is something Forge has been able to assist greatly with and is invaluable to my career. After successfully obtaining an interview I met Forge’s Director Charles Lawson who interviewed and explained the job role and experiences likely to be gained, this led to an office visit to meet the rest of the staff which made me conclude that this was the placement job for me both in terms of environment and work.
The business has continued to grow at an ever-increasing pace and having been immersed in the environment has been a fantastic learning opportunity that has offered real-life business experiences and has absolutely flown by.
Work has been varied, being involved in all aspects of the business, which has led from assisting with valuations in the early stages to having valuation projects to lead in the latter stages. I have assisted with property management, sales, lettings, valuation work, planning, agricultural work, estate management as well as assisting within the utilities infrastructure team. The broad range of work has given me a taste of all aspects of life as a surveyor. This has in turn allowed me to determine the aspects of work most enjoyed.
Having been incredibly lucky and privileged to assist with the marketing of an estate in Northumberland, this single project has involved a range of different disciplines, comprising of sales, planning, law, agriculture and most importantly communication.
Forge Property Consultants has been a giant springboard, to not only my academic, but, working career and I have thoroughly enjoyed the year of placement.
Blog by Andy Lowe