Tom Marshall

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

I chose Oxford Brookes for its leading and recognised excellence in real estate. I thought my course was delivered excellently.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

I think the variety of subject areas you can be taught in is a real bonus. In addition to this the quality of teaching is definitely one of the best parts of studying at Brookes.

What advice do you have for others?

Try your hardest to get work experience before starting your course. This will help immensely when you look for a job.

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

I joined Drivers Jonas on a graduate training contract and rotated in three different teams to gain enough experience for my APC. Having qualified as a chartered surveyor I then choose to specialise in sustainability. 6 months after qualifying Drivers Jonas merged with Deloitte and so I now sit in the Deloitte sustainability team.

Did your career turn out how you expected it to be?

When I joined Drivers Jonas there was no way that I could anticipate the merger with Deloitte and the changes this would bring. I went from working for a medium sized, UK focussed, company to working for one of the largest organisations in the world with offices in almost every country. This has created opportunities that would never have been available to me working in a property consultancy.

What achievements are you most proud of since graduating?

I’m most proud of following my passion for sustainability and combining my knowledge of property and environmental matters. I have pursued my interest in international development and recently travelled to India to study the impact of flooding.

How has the course you studied at Oxford Brookes helped you in your career?

At Oxford Brookes I was introduced to ideas about how key industry players were responding the challenges of environmental pressures.

Are you involved with Oxford Brookes currently? If so,how?

I recently came back to talk to students on the MSc programme about the importance of a sustainable built environment. I think it is incredibly important to remain connected to your University and alumni network because it serves as a way of keeping in touch with friends, potential colleagues and clients.