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Savills ensured that I felt involved especially with the events planned for the summer scheme students and I was lucky enough to be invited to respresent Savills in the Property Hockey League.
I felt that I was trusted to compile reports that would be presented to clients e.g. Service Charge budgets and I was invited along to meet very important clients, from Germany, who were here to inspect their properties.
If at one time I was stuck, I felt that I could ask for assistance. When inputting information into the new lease forms, Mark the associate, would take time out to run through them with me and explain any important information I had missed.
Unfortunately the time I visited the Property Management department was at a very busy period for them as there were a lot of clients visiting London during the first few weeks which took up a lot of the departments time. However I was invited out to meet those clients and property managers and when we were back in the office I was given longer projects which was good as it was something to work on.
I was assisgned the task of completing service charge reports, which required correct figures and calculations. For the last week I was chasing arrears, which was direct contact with clients and required good communication skills.
Since starting back at University, one of my modules is actually 'Property Management'. Therefore my work experience with Savills has been invaluable. I understand the module considerably more thanks to the work experience and the module is also helpful as it teaches and explains to me the parts that I may have found more difficult at Savills. Savills was also very useful for helping me understand leases, before Savills I had not looked through a lease, now I can understand the format, language and what the important information you need to find in them is e.g. 1954 Act.
All of the department were very friendly towards me. Unfortunately due to shortage of space I was not sat with them for a large part of it, but with the building surveyors close by. However, my department would still come and help me when I was stuck and I played hockey with two members of the department with Savills which was good fun.
Savills HR department were very good at organising the summer scheme. They were always an email away if you needed help and they organised fun and also useful events with other summer scheme students and also APC evenings.
APC evenings were organised which were useful to learn about what life would entail after university and the training you would receive working at Savills. They also organised meetings with directors of different departments e.g. Agency and Investment where they would talk to you about what their role and department entails, the good and bad parts and give you a better insight into a department you may never have visited.
Sports and Social Club
After my internship, Savills seems like an appealing company to work for. They are one of the top companies to work for in the UK, offer very good training and employment opportunities and have a good sports social scene.
Yes, we had a pub quiz and met for drinks on another evening. Also when playing hockey, I met a few more longer term interns and APC trainee surveyors as well.
The West End of London/Mayfair is one of the most expensive areas in London. However there are good cafes to get lunch from and local pubs were not too expensive when out for drinks with the department.
Plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants.
Internship (1-4 Months)
12th October 2010