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Career building through the first year field trip

Thursday 16 October 2014

Students on the BSc (Hons) Real Estate visited London in their first term at Sheffield Hallam, and returned to Sheffield inspired by the variety of exciting property-related careers that their course equips them for.

Our October 2014 trip included a visit to the Westminster headquarters of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), opposite the Houses of Parliament. Here the RICS President, Louise Brooke-Smith and other senior colleagues outlined the RICS' international vision. Later we were also hosted by Savills in the West End, in their London HQ boardroom, and heard from graduate trainees about the diverse range of career opportunities available on the consultancy side of the property profession.

The next day it was off to Sky plc's media campus near Heathrow to look 'backstage' at the property and facilities needs of a 24/7 broadcaster. For many students this was their first exposure to the concept of 'client side' real estate practice.

In the area of corporate real estate, property is regarded as a business resource, something that enables (or frustrates) delivery of a non-real estate business. In touring Sky's state of the art campus, and viewing the innovative new ways of collaborating and working embodied in design and accommodation provision, our students saw the opportunities and challenges involved in predicting and providing for business space needs.

They also gained valuable insight into the challenge of communicating real estate messages across an organisation. Highlights of our tour included a walk through the 'live' Sky News broadcast studio, briefings from senior executives and seeing 'live' construction works and the careful phasing entailed in keeping broadcasting amidst a major redevelopment.

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