Coree · Career Insights

Coree is an apprentice surveyor at the world’s largest commercial real estate service and investment firm, which has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies” in the sector for five years in a row. 

How did your journey to becoming an apprentice surveyor begin?
I completed my A-Levels in 2015 and soon after joined a construction company as a Trainee Estimator. I spent a year in this role but decided it was not the career path I wanted to pursue, however it did help me realise that I wanted to work within the built environment in some capacity. I then got an apprenticeship at a real estate developer which convinced me that surveying was for me. I applied for several ‘surveying’ apprenticeships and got accepted at CBRE which is where I currently work.

What did you end up studying throughout college?
I studied A-Levels in Geography, History and Psychology.

What are some common misconceptions about your industry?
That we are estate agents. This is far from the truth, as surveyors within real estate we deal with a range of things from investment, property management and property development. There really is a wide range of career paths within the industry.

Do you consider your industry or be diverse? Or is there room for improvement?
There is definitely room for improvement but things are moving in the right direction. For example apprenticeship schemes are more common, there are also a growing number of surveyors who are female or from ethnic minorities.

What would you do in your typical days work?
Typically I’d arrive around 8:45, I’d then check my emails to see if there is anything urgent that requires my attention. I would then usually check my to-do list to see what I need to complete during the day. I work within retail property management so typical tasks include, reviewing lease documents, liaising with site teams, constructing excel documents and submitting ad-hoc requests. I also get involved in several extra activities within my company such as careers events, charity events and sports. I am hardly ever in the office all day, always out and about!

Are there any particular skills you think people should have to succeed in your profession?
Be sociable, have a passion for the industry and lastly a desire to constantly learn new things.

Do you think enough young people consider your industry as oppose to others such as finance and law?
No they don’t which is very understandable. When I was at school we were never told about careers within the built environment which is a shame. I am hopeful this will improve in the future.

What’s your number one piece of advice you’d give someone wanting to work in the industry?
Be yourself, you are unique so own it! Also say yes to as much as possible, you never know what doors may open as a result.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The best parts of my job involve getting to help manage some of the largest shopping centres in the country, which also means I get to travel around the UK. Secondly, I am always learning new things which makes the role interesting and lastly I get to meet a wide variety of people.  The worst part of my job is the general administrative tasks, they can get tedious at times but it comes with the territory.

What is your favourite city and why?
London! I’ve lived here my whole life and I think the city has made me who I am today. The architecture is second to none, it’s diverse and there is always something to do.

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