I worked within Industrial Agency. My job involved advising clients on the acquisition and disposal of real estate assets.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
As someone who is not from a real estate background, I found that the summer internship was a perfect introduction to the property industry. The tasks set were both engaging and interesting, providing me with a valuable insight to the workings of a renowned company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Both the team I worked alongside and the other interns were welcoming and friendly. There were many opportunities to socialize inside and outside of the workplace, creating an ideal balance between professional relationships and informal friendships.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. Although I was encouraged to use my initiative, I felt that I could always ask questions about any challenges I faced. The rest of the management team and particularly the HR department were always at hand, offering a wealth of guidance when discussing my future career plans.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was regularly assigned small projects to work on throughout each week which kept me involved and occupied. Although occasionally there was a lapse between one project finishing and the next starting, I felt that this gave me an opportunity to better reflect on the work I was doing and explore areas of my own interest further.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The tasks I was assigned definitely gave me a degree of responsibility. I could clearly see the results of my work being put to use in the wider team and I felt that I had a sense of ownership over my individual projects. I was trusted to meet deadlines and provide reliable research data.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The summer internship built upon my understanding of the property industry massively. By the end of the period, my understanding of the terminology had improved significantly and I felt as though I was competent in tasks I had previously struggled with. The group presentation that concluded the internship enabled me to develop my pitching skills and experience working with a team in the professional environment. I had the opportunity to ask colleagues about their career paths and gain a much better idea of the options that lay ahead of me within real estate.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was welcoming and I always felt that I was part of a professional team. My colleagues were very talkative and showed a genuine interest in the work that I was doing for the company.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised; I never felt misinformed and the HR department were readily available to discuss any queries I had about working for the company.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt as though I was a valued member of the team and my contributions were respected. Any criticisms were always constructive, allowing me to improve on the mistakes I made.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was offered a fast-track to the assessment center following the internship. I felt well rewarded for my working efforts and the company have been very useful in laying out my deferral choices. Besides the fast-track offer, Cushman and Wakefield is still a company I would enjoy working for in the future and one that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to start a career in property.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were regular opportunities to socialize during and after work hours. This facilitated networking and I felt that I made several friendships that have been continued after the internship came to an end.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The office was located in central London meaning the cost of socializing and travelling in the area was expensive. However, my team were very generous and regularly invited the interns out after work.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was a large selection of bars, pubs and restaurants to chose from. The atmosphere was always great but, as mentioned, the venues were often expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The company held a softball tournament among the graduates and the interns which provided a great opportunity to socialize outside of work. There were several sports teams that interns were also invited to play for on weekends.