Savills (Planning Department) at Savills

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Property/Real Estate

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Role Description

Advising clients of all types on planning obligations they have to undergo when developing an area. The job focuses around advising these clients on weather the area chosen fits their portfolio.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I was given to opportunity to network with a number of people already in the industry, giving me a chance to hear first hand about different departments, and weather the department I chose to have my insight in (Planning), really was for me. These talks have helped me to become more open minded about my future as a result.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I feel that Savills is a company that really cares about the well being and integration of its employees. This was clear from the week I was here. I was given jobs to do that required a rather large amount of trust, which gave me a true idea of some of the work that I could be undertaking if I go into said specialism.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

Again, the people within my team were friendly and helpful. Everyone within the office were always there to give me guidance, helping me to settle in during my week. As a result, there was an inviting atmosphere within the office. On many occasions I was asked by a number of people within my team how I was getting on.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

With my degree being based around Real Estate and planning, I feel I have developed both my academic and social skills. The week has helped me to understand the concept of planning, and the extent that politics influences the business. I have has a chance to look at these policies in depth and relate them to case studies and sites. I have also gained a variety of social skills, being dropped into the deep end with no one I knew on the first day, I have networked with a number of individuals from the company as well as other insight students. In consequence, it has helped me to become more confident and outgoing in a corporate atmosphere.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The structure of the week was perfect. All talks were on time and there were a variety of activities and talks to make sure that every day wasn't work. It was clear to me that a large amount of planning went into the insight week.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Again, the atmosphere round the office was very different to what I thought it would be. since Savills is a corporate company, I felt that the office would be silent and the atmosphere would be pressurised to deliver to clients. However, the atmosphere was fun and inviting. It is clear that many of the employees at the company have a certain bond that not many other companies have.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I feel that the company didn't 'invest' in me as such, but I was trusted with work and background researches for cases that my team will be looking at. This was valuable experience to me, giving me an insight into what working life would be like for me.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

Very much so. I worked normal office hours, as well as given assignments that employees would carry out (Nothing too high risk). It helped me to understand what having a full time job would be like, and the strain it would put on me both physically and mentally.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

The insight week really focused around the understanding of company culture. It made me realise that Savills is a unique company in terms of its culture. The graduates and employees that I networked with at events were proud of being a part of this culture, putting into perspective how attractive Savills as a company is to people.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

It was very valuable. As said before I was carrying out work that I would be doing within the workplace.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?


12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Savills as a company has a clear emphasis on the need for people like me to network with people inside and outside the company, as well as my fellow insight students. It can be said I have plenty of experience and contacts because of this.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were well planned and well executed. The employees who turned up wanted to be there to answer our questions, which isn't always the case. It is clear that the company and its employees care about their image and want you to know as much as possible about the company.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

I was informed of plenty of activities outside of work. Not only was I informed of these but they were emphasised as being important part of a young professionals development within their career due to the networking opportunities from such events.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

The insight week gave me a detailed and interesting overview of the company. I would definitely recommend this to a friend who was interested in the company, as well as the opportunities that the week gives you.