Monday, 18 March 2013

Sociable Surveyors 2013

The Department of Real Estate and Construction welcomed Lizzie Parrott (BSc Real Estate Management 2011) who returned to Oxford Brookes on 18 March to give a presentation about the Sociable Surveyors Internship Scheme. Lizzie won an internship with Savills in New York through the scheme in 2011. She was joined by final year student, Tim Pierce who won internships with Hammersons (Paris), Savills (London) and Heron International (London) in 2012.

Lizzie talking about her time in New York with Savills

Sociable Surveyors is the only established all-expenses paid, global internship scheme in the property industry. Applications for 2013 are now open. Take a look at the Sociable Surveyors website for full details of how to apply and details of the internships available this year. 

The application process involves making a two minute video of yourself describing your motivation for a career in property. Lizzie was brave enough to show her winning video and suggested that anyone wishing to apply should give the video-making process some serious thought as it is not often you get the opportunity to present yourself in this way to potential employers. If you want to see some examples of videos that students have made, go to YouTube and search on Sociable Surveyors.

Both Lizzie and Tim had fantastic experiences on their internships - experiences not normally available to students or new graduates. Lizzie was offered a job on the Savills Graduate Scheme two weeks after completing her internship with them.

They concluded by saying that submitting an application was well worth the effort as winning one of the internships was the equivalent of 'CV Gold'.
Don't forget the closing date is 30 April at 12pm.

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