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Where to start  

Property is a multi-disciplined sector, and there are a wide range of entry points, including from investment banks, asset management houses, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, development companies, and the more traditional surveying route. Other property and land use entry points include town planning, civil engineering, land management and estate agency. 

Visit Prospects for a good overview of this sector and job profiles. These profiles include:

Sustainability is a fast-growing part of this sector - check out our A-Z pages on Environment and Conservation.

How to know if you’re suited to this sector

Communication, commercial awareness, and negotiation go a long way in the property industry. Ambition, motivation, problem solving, and strong analytic skills are valued by employers. TargetJobs has great tips on what graduate employers are looking for.

Target Careers has an article on how to know if you would be suited to Property or Planning.  

Finding vacancies
  • Real estate and property roles, including graduate schemes, are advertised on Milkround.com
  • Efinancial Careers advertise Real estate investment vacancies and internships, plus other real estate vacancies
  • Total jobs advertises many roles for estate agents
  • For more information on Chartered Surveyor vacancies and requirements, see the RICS website 
  • Check Handshake for vacancies throughout the year: applications for property graduate schemes usually open in October
How to get the experience to be credible

Gain work experience with internships, summer placements, or more informal shadowing opportunities. This will show recruiters that you know what the job entails. Look for opportunities in environmental conservation, heritage and public sectors, or in the buildings and estates divisions of universities. 

Visit company websites for their specific programmes (e.g. SavillsLaing O’Rourke). See the E4S guide to property and real estate internships types.

For more finance and investment real estate opportunities research organisations such as Deloitte, Morgan StanleyWells FargoBlackstone, and BNP Paribas

Develop commercial awareness and knowledge of the industry by taking part in relevant extra-curricular activities such as being an active member of a student society. Keep up to date with the sector news by reading the Financial Times or Property Week.

Learn more about real estate finance with Coursera and other MOOC online courses. 

Further study or certification required

You can get a job in property without a property-related degree. Many employers want the best graduate talent, and will sponsor you through a postgraduate property qualification accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) if needed.

Becoming a Chartered Surveyor involves passing the APC and gaining professional accreditation from the professional body for this area, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Your degree may already give you exemptions from some papers (e.g. Land Economy).

Accredited professional qualifications for graduates to become Chartered Town Planners can be found at Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). 

How to find employers or training courses
  • Targetjobs lists the top 300 employers in property
  • Prospects has a list of the most common employers in Property and construction
  • The University’s Land Society has an annual Careers in Property Fair in the Autumn, which attracts companies such as British Land, Homes England, Knight Frank, Deloitte, Grosvenor, and GIC
  • Search for events and Careers Fairs on Handshake

Training

There are many specialized Masters’ courses for certain aspects of Real Estate if you are thinking of starting a permanent job in a more niche area. Some courses include RICS accreditation.

Tips for succeeding in the application or selection process

Do your research and be prepared. Employers want to see genuine passion for wanting to work in this field. Demonstrating a personal story will help improve your chances of success.

What Cambridge offers to help with this career
  • Join the Cambridge Land Society for regular events, career advice, and fairs
  • There is a  for Land Economy Mphil and PhD students, as well as Economy Tripos students, giving you a point of contact with experienced professionals for Land Economy MPhil and PhD students, as well as Economy Tripos students, giving you a point of contact with experienced professionals
  • Keep up to date with events run by the Department of Land Economy
  • Check out the related research centres in Cambridge for topics and organisations related to your area of interest
  • Research and contact alumni through Handshake and LinkedIn 
  • You can also use  Handshake for job vacancies, sector-related emails, skill sessions, events, and for connecting with employers
  • LinkedIn Learning has several useful skills courses
  • The University also offers MPhil and PhDs in Land Economy
Other things you should know

Listening to webinars can benefit all aspects of your career search - getting to know the sector, finding out what roles and organisations interest you, and deepening your knowledge (which will impress at applications and interviews). Here are a few leads: RICS, Savills, Bayfield Training, NHS Property Services