Adam O'Neale

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

I took a gap year before starting my course, first working in a factory to save some money, then travelling to south east Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

The reputation of the course. Coming to Oxford was another factor. You can walk everywhere, it’s got a great student atmosphere, it’s such a good place to study.

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

I went to a comprehensive school near Norwich and opted for Real Estate Management because property had always interested me. I didn’t know a lot about the subject area or the industry. What appealed to me about Brookes is that the course is very broad. It covers a lot of different areas, and then you can specialise later on. I think I will probably opt for something in planning, I am interested in sustainability and green building.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

I have become very involved in student life. As a Student Ambassador, I helped on tours of the University, talking to prospective students and parents about the course. I am also founder and president of the Real Ale Society. I was very surprised there wasn't one already, so I set one up. It's now in its second year, and we are hopefully going to organise a beer festival at a pub in Oxford. We're going to tour some of the local breweries such as Hook Norton and Wychwood.

I rate Brookes for the friendliness and approachability of staff, and the relaxed atmosphere on his course, where students are given the responsibility for managing their own workloads. We've also got very good links with employers, and a high rate of employability. That's another reason for coming here.

What are your plans for when you’ve completed your course, for work or further study?

Looking ahead, I am interested in a master's in planning, although I am also thinking about going straight into a job. After a couple of years, I would be fully qualified as a chartered surveyor.