Reading Alumni help promote careers in property at the Pathways to Property Summer School

Real Estate & Planning Alumni and industry volunteers returned to the University in July to help RREF deliver the first Pathways to Property Summer School. The four day programme attracted 40 Year 12 (lower sixth) students from state schools across the UK who came to find out about careers in property and Real Estate & Planning courses on offer at Reading. RREF_Summer_School_3smaller

During the four day programme participants took part in lectures, a group project and site visits to The Oracle, Reading Station, Green Park and a talk from Reading Borough Council. We are extremely grateful to Alumni from a range of organisations including British Land, CBRE, DTZ, Cushman & Wakefield and Network Rail who took time out of their busy schedules to volunteer their time and return to campus to meet with participants and support students on the programme.

The Summer School received great feedback from the students who attended: 95% of attendees felt better informed about a career in property after attending the Summer School and over 60% said they are now considering applying to a property related course at higher education. Summer School participants now have the opportunity to pair up with a student mentor as well as gain work experience to ensure they continue to receive support and encouragement.

Toni Alofe from Enfield in London who attended the Summer School commented, "The Pathways to Property summer school was one of the best experiences of my life. It increased my knowledge about the variety of roles within the property sector and just how interesting a career in property would be. This experience also improved my understanding of the various ways to pursue a career in property and it gave me an insight into higher education courses in Property/Real estate."

Volunteers who helped at the summer school commented:

"I took the long route into surveying; I don't remember hearing about it at all when I was at school. I believe more would enter into the industry if career opportunities were more widely known about. I hope the project will help draw people from non-traditional surveying backgrounds into the profession by giving them the opportunity to have valuable hands-on experience and guidance."

Annalise Walker, Surveyor, CBRE Ltd (MSc graduate 2010)RREF_Summer_School_1small

I decided to get involved in Pathways to Property as the surveying industry suffers from a lack of diversity. I feel that there is a wealth of talent from different backgrounds that are completely unaware of what a career in surveying is about. I hope this scheme will encourage new thought and new thinking into what is a very traditional industry. What excited me the most about the summer school was the participants passion and thirst for knowledge. It is amazing to see so many young adults giving up their free time to find out more about the industry.

Mark Ghandhi, Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield (MSc graduate 2011)

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The scheme is now entering its second year and, as well as delivering the next Summer School in 2014, the project will also launch a number of supporting activities to raise awareness of the real estate industry to a wider range of academically able pupils from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds. Support from volunteers and firms will continue to be vital in helping to raise aspirations about careers in property and deliver the activities. If you or your company would like to find out more please contact Pathways to Property at or tel. +44 (0)118 378 4096 for further information.



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