You will graduate with the knowledge and skills to begin your career as a professional real estate manager or valuation surveyor, greatly attractive to potential employers.
Most graduates seek to enter practice. Some join multinationals, that provide high-value advice to corporate clients; some will join smaller, local practices or 'niche' firms, that give advice to, for example, retailers; and others may join the in-house property teams of corporates organisations, or work in the public or charitable sectors.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Former student: Robert Elegba
Year of graduation: 2003
Current job: Consultant, DTZ Consulting & Research
Robert's natural enthusiasm for buildings made studying property planning and development an easy choice. He is now a fully qualified chartered surveyor and, within three years of graduating, he has become part of the team working to create the prestigious 2012 Olympic and Legacy development.
"I have always had an interest in buildings and an appreciation of architecture which led me to choose property planning and development which focuses on the practical side of the built environment and provides the opportunity to gain a professional qualification.
"I chose Kingston for a number of reasons: its proximity to London – a great thriving metropolis that always excites; the sandwich placement – a chance to get some hands-on experience; the excellent reputation held by the School of Surveying in the property industry; and the accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
"The course was both interesting and challenging, which I think is how a degree course should be. It allowed me to gain an in-depth appreciation of the technical side of surveying and apply that knowledge to real situations. I definitely became more passionate about the subject as time went by.
"My placement year in industry was one of the highlights of the degree. It enabled me to develop professionally and bolstered my technical knowledge. It also refocused me when I returned to the University to complete my final year.
"After graduation I returned to my placement employer, DTZ. Following a year in the investment department, I joined the regeneration team. Here I qualified as a chartered surveyor, after sitting the challenging Assessment of Professional Competence exams.
"DTZ is a global real estate adviser which provides innovative real estate and business solutions to a range of clients. My role involves advising on the viability and development potential of difficult sites.
"Since November 2005 I have been on secondment to the Olympic Land Team of the London Development Agency, which is tasked with delivering the land required for the Olympic Park & Legacy development. This involves negotiating and consulting with local groups and I have been able to draw on a lot of lessons learnt from my degree, not just the theoretical stuff, but also the soft skills such as building relationships and working as part of a team.
"I love the fact that every day is different and I can be out of the office as much or as little as I want. I am also lucky enough to work with the best people in the industry. Working with a diverse group of people who enjoy their work and are fun too makes a real difference, particularly when you're starting out.
"My advice to those going to university is to choose a subject you are passionate about. Surveying offers a variety of exciting careers so if you can couple your studies with relevant work experience then even better."
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:
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