Building connsultancy/ building surveyor at Savills

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Bristol South West
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£16,000 - £17,999

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Helping building surveyors and completing scheme project.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I loved it. They were a really welcoming office and team. They provided me with jobs and roles which were insightful about the roles and responsibilities of a building surveyor as well as be helpful for the full time employees. They involved me in social activities and everyone made an effort to introduce themselves and I got to know all the different departments and there roles just by having short interviews with some of the employees.


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

It is difficult to as a temporary employee and/or intern because you do not have the skill set or knowledge to fulfil the full requirements of the job. With that said, I was put to good use and under took individual surveys and with the guidance of my team, I was able to produce useful documents to aid their reports. I directly earned the team money by filling out spread sheets and drawing out building plans on auto CAD.


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

The team was really useful and understanding of my ability and put me to good use. The guidance provide was the appropriate amount. They didn't hold my hand or leave me to drown. They answered and expanded on queries I had. They were very honest about there opinions on the industry and their career paths.


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

There is a direct correlation, I am studying building surveying and my internship was for/with building surveyors and It was brilliant to understand how the knowledge and skills I was gaining from my degree will be applied in my chosen occupations. It gave me a truthful and realistic view into the surveying world and what my life could be like after my degree.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Yeah really well thought through. Always kept busy, with new and different areas of the job. They were careful to ensure that I got a rounded view of the role. I was given projects for the summer scheme to go on top of the work given to me by my team. So whenever I had a free moment, I did not have to busily interrupt my team for new work - I could get stuck into the various projects given to me to increase my knowledge of the different Savills departments.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Good atmosphere for sure. I feel like this has been covered but there was a good atmosphere in the office and the 60 or so people were welcoming and engaging. My team were engaged in teaching me and interested in what I was doing. Nearer the end of the placement the younger graduates made an effort to do things outside of the office such as lunch or a drink after work.


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

Yeah, they invested generously in the scheme and really pushed the networking aspect. They put aside funds for a networking meal. The training and development style was quite a throw you in the deep end style, sink or swim. I was not trained as much as I had examples to work from and most of the report writing is getting a grasp of the vocabulary. They gave me good feed back on the pieces of work I submitted.


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?

Yes very much so. I was part of the team and I saw the rounded job of the building surveyor. I saw the pro's and con's of the job. I have a far better idea of what I want to do after I graduate now. I saw what the role involved and I tried to do it.


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

I got to understand the company culture within this particular office. I was told that the culture various from office to office but I understood that the Savills employees are ambitious to work hard for the company and also have some fun whilst doing it. The culture tries to be social but work does come first.


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

It really opened my eyes to how I want my career to unfold. This was the 1st step in my career as a surveyor and I have learnt a lot about the industry, company and where I would like to stand in this industry. Hearing about the other teams career paths, has certainly inspired my future career path, even if this is not the job for me.


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

Yes, I was paid and refunded for absolutely everything that I was owed and beyond that. My boss bought me a new pair of chinos because I got soaked cycling into a meeting away from the office. They paid the agreed salary and reimbursed me for bus tickets whilst in work and lunch and coffee if I was away on site.

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

Yes, I got to go to the summer party in my 1st week and I got to week the whole office. I got to go on a graduate lunch and meet the graduates. I got to go on a funded lunch to network. I got to interview lots of people around the office on their roles. I did not meet other firms.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

On the whole all of these events were really easy and fun. Savills employees are very engaging and interested in their jobs as well as what I was up to. at the summer party there we games which is a great way to get to know people. The internship is as much me seeing whether I like them.


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

Yes, I talked a lot with some of the employees and we got on well. This means that I found out a lot about their lives outside of the office. words is too much to write on some of these things. I had things in common with lots of the employees. It is nice to know there are kindering spirits


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

yes, of course but it is a competitive placement to get. I have enjoyed it, and the insight I have got. The internship has shown me that this is not what I want to do but in the best way possible. Its not for me. Work load was very reasonable and gave me time to learn whilst working.