A brilliant experience and one which was made a lot easier with such an inclusive culture that runs through each office. I was fortunate to undertake work which I haven't experienced before and the team were more than welcome to answer any questions I had.
Due to Covid-19 being able to attend a physical scheme was great. I was able to go on many site visits which were enjoyable and experience Savills culture firsthand. Obviously the limited social interaction was a shame but necessary. I could only wish that it was longer!
The insight week was very enjoyable and credit to Savills for running it, despite the global pandemic. Whilst it was reduced from four weeks to just a week, the team in which I was placed, made a big effort to provide a good overview of their day to day roles, as well as some of the more strategic thinking underpinning the longer term plan. Everyone was friendly and accommodating and ultimately, it was a great experience.
I loved my placement at Savills. The company is extremely entrepreneurial and gives placement students a great deal of responsibility and freedom to be proactive and gain as much as possible from the job. I found colleagues throughout the company to all be friendly and enthusiastic. It is no wonder why so many people at Savills stay with the company for many years. They provide a great style of work and allow flexibility around your home life also.
Overall I enjoyed the placement and was able to gain a lot of experience that will be beneficial for when I go back to university. I enjoyed working for Savills as I liked the company. The reason I have not given a higher rating was due to the fact I think I would’ve enjoyed being a different team more and consequently may have progressed more. I also did not enjoy the long and expensive commute.
My year with Savills as a placement student is everything I expected and more. I did a 12 month placement in Savills Business Space Property Management team where I was involved in the management of properties on 6 portfolio’s mainly based in London. Before joining I was expecting my involvement to be on the level of work experience tasks. However, I think it would be fair to say that as a Placement Student at Savills you are treated as a Graduate Surveyor. The main difference is that I had 12 months in Property Management rather than a 4 month rotation. This meant that I had an opportunity to develop relationships with the tenants, clients and building management team as well as continuously improving my property management knowledge. At university I have a module called “Property Management” where we were taught the fundamental principles of Property Management, such as; service charge, landlord & tenant, assignments etc. This module at university was very well structured and helped prepare me for my placement year. It meant that when my line manager asked me to complete a task such as, recommend an assignment of a lease to the client, I already had the base knowledge of what to do. Although I was a Placement Student in Property Management I had the mindset that I was also a Placement Student at Savills, meaning that I was keen to learn about the wider Savills Business. Throughout the year I got in contact with surveyors from different part of the business to understand what they did. I emailed the surveyors after listening to a talk they did, or if I had worked with them on a project on a property I manage, or searched on LinkedIn for Savills employees with a mutual connection I had. My line manager was very understanding of this and was more than happy for me to go for a coffee or site visit with these people I spoke with. The whole Savills Property Management department are incredibly friendly, supportive and understanding. They were all more than willing to help whenever I had a question. The social side of work has been great as well. There was a group of us that would go for drinks after work every Thursday, and they were very keen that I go along with them in my first couple weeks. The Christmas party is undoubtedly the highlight of the placement calendar. Having had a couple mates do Placement years with various other firms all over the country I am of the opinion that the Savills Placement scheme is the best.
My placement year has been throughly enjoyable and I have gained a significant amount of knowledge of which i can apply to my final year at university and beyond. I am very pleased to be able to use all experience obtained this year for my Assessment of Professional Competence to competency level 3 in Property Management. Further to my day job, i have enjoyed the opportunities provided by the wider company, this includes participating in: inter-company ping-pong team competition (before being cancelled by Covid), the Savills with Schools initiative and being involved with social events and parties held by the company.
I have been fully involved in the current work the team has been instructed to undertake, from site visits, to client lunches and meetings and team meetings. I have really enjoyed the departmental overview talks that has given a wider view of Savills as a business and most of the service lines that it has to offer.
I did enjoy my internship at Savills as I got some really invaluable experience and insight into the planning industry and working life in general. Unfortunately, I don't think that I want to pursue a career in planning as I didn't enjoy the work as much as I had expected.
The internship was very engaging and provided a comprehensive introduction to the various work undertaken within the rural department. The teams i worked in were very helpful and friendly, and gave me a varied range of work that i was trusted to undertake without direct supervision. The work was engaging and highly topical, often building upon knowledge i have acquired during my university studies and previous work experience. However, the majority of tasks were new to me, and therefore excellent learning. Due to external factors i was unable to attend as many site visits as i and my team would have liked, however this was due to factors outside of the company's control.
I really enjoyed the insight. It was a good length of time - not too long and not too short. Also, I was always busy which was good as I was never sat doing nothing wasting time. Also, the atmosphere was very friendly and busy but not too intense. I felt very comfortable.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Savills during the Summer Scheme, the work that I was given to do was quite varied, which helped to give me exposure to the many different areas of the business as well as providing many learning opportunities. There were many useful talks set up for us during our month at Savills which helped to give us an insight into the many different areas within the company.