Kate Wilkinson

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

International Management and Modern Languages (French), University of Bath

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

The location (I was already an Oxford Resident) and the course reputation for being one of the best in the country.

What do/did you think of the course while studying here?

Brilliant course! Very interactive and practical. An excellent overview of the Real Estate industry; it delivered good insight to the plethora of jobs that are available. There was a high degree of interaction with firms of varying size, through organised networking and field trips, which helped immensely with job applications and awareness. It must be said though – it is not a course for the faint-hearted. It was a pretty intense year!

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

Brookes provides an excellent study environment with technology and information at your fingertips. The library is well-stocked and equipped with meeting rooms which really help with practicing presentation skills for group projects. As Masters students, we had access to a computer suite that afforded us a quiet area to work on projects. It was not too far from our lecturers’ offices which facilitated drop in meetings when assistance was needed.

What advice do you have for others?

Make sure you are aware of all the facilities that are available to help you with your study – it’s easy to miss out on some of the gems so check with the helpful staff if there is something in particular you are looking for.

After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career and where are you working now?

During the year, we were kept well-informed of positions coming available on graduate schemes and were encouraged to apply. Brookes provide an extremely helpful careers service who help you with your CV and interview preparation. I applied to some of the positions being advertised and attended several interviews with different firms. The interview procedures were quite intense, but I was lucky to be selected for a position on the Savills Graduate Programme in Oxford. I am currently working towards my APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) which will qualify me as a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

What so far have been the best moments?

The property industry is a great industry to work in. There is such a broad range of specialisations with much cross-over between them. People tend to be very friendly and sociable and there are always events and seminars to attend to expand your network of contacts and knowledge of the industry. One of the things I love most is the continued learning. The property market evolves constantly which provides fresh challenges and forces you to be up to date with what is happening in all areas of business. It’s a fascinating and varied career and I am really looking forward to the prospective projects that I will be working on.

What so far have been the most challenging moments?

The sheer quantity and variety of information that needs to be acquired in order to “get on with the job” is quite intimidating at first. Working in the Development field, I am required to have knowledge of Planning, Valuations, and Agency to name but a few skills. 6 months in, I still feel very much a novice but I love the continual learning and that every project is unique. The other challenge is that it is a bit of a shock to the system going back to work after a year of being a student – it’s a long day. But you soon adapt.