I’m Gemma-Jane, and after completing a Masters
degree in Real Estate Management at UWE Bristol, I’m now a qualified chartered surveyor, and
I specialise in the purchase and sale of commercial property investments.
I decided to do a postgraduate course at UWE after spending three years working as a charity
fundraiser, and I was looking for a change of career. The reason I was attracted to the
course at UWE was because it was very practical and it was very hands-on.
And also the course was accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, which
meant it was an important stepping stone. I really enjoyed the course because of all
the different modules that we were able to cover, from real estate appraisal and investment
analysis, development and valuations as well. I found it particularly useful the fact that
we covered such specific detail about the maths needed to understand property development
and investment appraisals. The tutors at UWE were very hands-on, and they all practical
experience working in the real estate market. So that was really useful for us to learn
more from them. Alder King, who are leading firm of property
consultants in the South West, took me on to do a short project after I finished my
course at UWE. And after that, I was lucky enough to be offered a two-year traineeship
with the firm. As part of my continuing professional development
at Alder King, I attended workshops and seminars on presentation skills and also lectures about
the most recent changes in legislation. Generally, we find that with postgraduate
students, they’re more widely educated, in the sense that they’ve studied something else
beforehand. Secondly, they have a wider experience of life often, and that can be extremely beneficial
when they come to a work environment. And thirdly, having looked at other alternatives,
studied other subjects, they’ve often made a very positive choice — they want to study
property. I started my career during the economic downturn.
My time at UWE enabled me to develop the valuable skills and knowledge in order for my career
to flourish as the economy improves.