Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsI chose to apply to this summer school because I consider myself to be quite a practical person, so I thought real estate would be quite a practical career. And there wasn't much information out there on what it actually means to be in the property industry, so I thought it would be a good idea to see what kind of careers there are and speak to professionals firsthand. I learned what a surveyor is and what it is that they do day-to-day. I learned all about the different responsibilities that they have in this profession. And for me, I think it made real estate really exciting, all the different roles. Because there's not one fixed job role. It's very varied.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 secondsYou meet new people on a daily basis and you get to travel around a lot more, so no day would be the same. And I think that's quite exciting, just meeting new people and seeing how the world works. One of the standout moments from the summer school was being a part of a team that won best presentation at the end of the summer scheme. It was really amazing to be standing in front of the people in the industry and showcase all that we'd done, all that we'd built up and learned from the entire experience. And you have the chance, at the end of the summer school, just to chat to surveyors and different people in the industry.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 secondsJust meeting a lot of people from the industry within real estate, it's been really encouraging and really inspiring. And seeing the feats they've accomplished, it's been nice to see. It really consolidated, for me, that property is the industry that I want to be in. I think that was a key takeaway of the Pathways to Property summer scheme, knowing what you were going into and feeling like you could be a part of something in the future.

The Summer School

Has completing Week 1 tempted you to consider the possibility of pursuing a career in property?

If you, or someone you know is based in the UK and meet the following criteria, you or they may like to consider taking part in our upcoming Summer School, held at Henley Business School at the University of Reading. Watch the video at the top of this Step to hear from students who’ve taken part in a previous Summer School and to find out more about what they got up to.

The Summer School is a four day, fully funded residential course held on campus at the University of Reading. The event will enable students to get a real insight into the property sector and learn about different career routes into the industry. The Summer School is open to Year 12 students from a state funded school/college in the UK.

Places will be offered to those who best meet the following criteria:

  • Attend and have always attended a state school or college
  • Students from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to Higher Education and/or high levels of socioeconomic deprivation
  • Students with no immediate family working in the real estate sector
  • Students who have no family experience of University
  • Students who have achieved a Grade 6/B or above in Mathematics and English GCSE
  • Students who have predicted grades of AAB-ABB A Level or equivalent qualification

The next Summer School will take place in July 2020.

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This video is from the free online course:

Pathways to Property: Starting Your Career in Real Estate

University of Reading