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About me

I studied BSc Real Estate at Reading University after achieving Spanish, English and Geography A levels. I am now working towards my Commercial Property APC as part of the JLL graduate scheme.

Journey to JLL

I applied in my second year of University for the formal Summer Internship program. The application process was as simple as a CV, followed by a Skype interview and psychometric testing. I worked for 4 weeks in the National Investment team on some industrial warehouse portfolios, and afterwards was invited to an early assessment centre. This involved a short grammar exercise, a group activity and an interview. Shortly after and before I started my third year studies, I was offered a place on the graduate scheme.

The job

My current role is in Commercial Valuation. My team look after multiple portfolios owned by pension funds, insurance companies, investment and wealth managers, and government bodies. I assist in running monthly valuation figures for a number of properties in each portfolio, which involves close management of tenancy information, market research, and valuation methodology to produce capital values for each asset, each month. Once these have been produced, we meet with the client to discuss our valuations. Properties vary by nature, and my spread includes high street retail, industrial sheds, offices, restaurants, and retail warehouses.

Outside work

Aside from work, I enjoy the sport focussed side of the business, and run most Tuesdays evenings with the JLL run club. I also like to get involved in events such as the JLL Property Tri and Surveyor Sevens, which fuse a healthy element of competitive rivalry amongst the firms but are also a good chance to catch up with colleagues and other friends over food and drink.

Support

The graduate support working for a firm like JLL is difficult to falter, as each department is readily equipped to train and mentor each graduate through the process, whether it be letting or sale, valuation, property management etc. Many members at JLL work closely with the RICS, and therefore have a very current understanding of how to mentor the graduates through the training scheme.

About me

I studied Architectural Environment Engineering at the University of Nottingham and then completed a Masters in Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University.

Journey to JLL

Throughout my later years of school and through university I took the opportunity to gain work experience within the property industry. I spent time working with Architects, Engineers, Planners, Rural & Commercial Surveyors, and whilst completing my Masters I worked within a Residential team at a real estate firm alongside my studies.

The job

I work in the Building Consultancy and although I am part of the Industrial team, I regularly participate in projects with the other building surveying teams – this means I get great exposure to a variety of work throughout my training. Day-to-day tasks can vary significantly but they include visiting sites to carry out inspections, meeting with clients, writing up reports and overseeing the running of building projects. These are examples of many different roles that I have responsibility for.

Outside Work

As well as being a great place to train to become a Chartered Surveyor, JLL is also great for social occasions. There are several different sports clubs and events – including the JLL Triathlon held every year – and there are regular social events including quiz nights, charity events, treasure hunts and old school sports days.

Support

As I am on the building surveying graduate scheme, I don’t rotate into a different team meaning I gain long term support from my colleagues. This also means that I get to know the clients very well and am able to work on larger projects that have longer durations. The support whilst on the graduate scheme is evident not only from my team, but also throughout the whole department.

About me

I studied Law at the University of Essex where I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I am now studying for a Real Estate masters at Bristol UWE whilst working at JLL.

Journey to JLL

After completing my studies and spending time pursuing an entirely different career path, I decided I wanted to find out more about the world of property. I was fortunate enough to be offered a three week internship within the Development Consultancy where I worked with a number of high profile clients on a life sciences project. I was able to understand the key ingredients that form a life science cluster which I found interesting. Whilst interning, I was also able to witness first-hand the level of support given to JLL graduates. This led to my application for the graduate scheme.

The job

I work in the West End Lease Advisory team which involves advising clients in relation to rent review and lease restructuring matters. As a graduate the day-to-day role involves assisting a Director with tasks such as research, valuations of properties we are instructed on, rent review negotiations, preparing client reports and summarising leases. In addition to this, I am exposed to tasks such as measuring, site inspections and obtaining rental evidence to support rent review negotiations.

Outside work

JLL is a great place to work and socialise. From the start of my journey here, I have been made feel to welcome. A particular highlight was a camping trip in Milton Keynes where I was able to foster stronger links with fellow graduates. There are so many opportunities to socialise at JLL. I am part of the Race for Change Committee, which is a fantastic organisation which allows me to mix with others from a wide variety of backgrounds. I also assist in running the weekly five a side football team which is great fun. I am extremely passionate about charity work and JLL sponsored me earlier in the year when participating in a 10km run.

Support

While at the beginning as a graduate you are often doing the background research and preparation for client meetings, there is the opportunity to interact with clients which I enjoy. Your time on the scheme is full of opportunities for self-development. In my time here, I have been able to run a client event, which is great experience. APC support is fantastic and there are so many people across the organisation willing to share tips and information with you. HR are great and I feel I can share any concerns with them. As you grow you are given greater responsibility, I have direct responsibility for one client which has been a great learning curve. Performance is reviewed regularly and feedback is given also.

About me

I am currently finishing my second year as an Apprentice Building Surveyor at JLL while studying at Westminster Kingsway College. I am hoping to continue working for JLL while undertaking a Building Surveying Degree course at UCEM.

Journey to JLL

After completing my A Levels, I was interested in a career in property since Human Geography was one of my favourite subjects at school. Originally I looked at different university courses and applied for 5 universities which included two different courses in property. Over time I realised the benefits of Apprenticeships and this lead me to look at Apprenticeships in property. I was then lucky enough to have an interview at JLL where I was then accepted into the Building Consultancy team.

The job

I work in the Project Development and Services department where I assist on a range of projects including a variety of inspections and report writing, as well as coordinating projects on behalf of clients. What appealed most to me about this role is that it is not wholly desk based, as I am out on inspections at least twice a week. These can be looking at many different types of buildings, from industrial warehouses to million pound houses in Central London.

Outside work

JLL offer a wide variety of ‘outside of work’ activities and sports teams. I am a part of the cricket and football team, both of which are played to a high standard while keeping the social aspect present. This is a great way to meet people across the JLL workforce and find out about their work teams and what sort of roles they play in their projects. A highlight though has to be our team event when spent the weekend away and climbed Snowdon. Events like this really prove the importance of bonding with colleagues, and not to mention how enjoyable the experience was.

Support

While working on my college assignments, support from colleagues was extremely helpful. Being surrounded by colleagues with many years of experience on the coursework topics I was writing made the work a lot easier as I was able to talk to people to gain a better understanding. As well as this, there are so many documents that can be found on our internal Connect page that can be used as background reading and resources for my college work as well as books I was given by people in my team and found in the office library.

About me

I studied English Literature at Cardiff University and then completed a Masters in Real Estate at Reading University.

Journey to JLL

I took a year out after finishing my Masters to do some work experience and earn money to travel. I also wanted to take some time to decide what kind of firm would suit me, so I could make informed job applications to firms that would give me the best start in my career. I applied for the JLL graduate scheme and got a really good feeling about the culture of the firm at the assessment day so accepted the offer to start in September 2016.

The job

I work in the Central London Valuation team which values commercial property in the West End and the City. My focus is on the West End where we undertake a lot of loan security valuation reports on behalf of lenders and also landlords who need their assets valued for accounts purposes. As a graduate, I get involved in every stage of a project, which always starts with an inspection of the property and often a meeting with the client. Then I review the tenancy schedule and lease terms, gather market commentary, comparable evidence and write the report. I have worked on some really interesting projects including valuations of retail units on Bond Street and large office developments in Soho and Mayfair.

Outside work

At JLL there are so many things to get involved in outside of work, including every kind of sports team you can imagine. Over the last year, I have played in the JLL netball and hockey teams which play in leagues against other property firms every week. I was also part of the girls tag rugby team who played in the National Surveyors Rugby 7s tournament this summer. There is always a strong focus on networking and socialising at JLL, which makes a real difference to the day-to-day working environment.

Support

As a graduate, I feel that JLL take my progress and development seriously and the amount of support we receive over the first two years throughout the APC process and beyond is fantastic. Being part of such a big company, there are always opportunities to meet people who are industry experts and expand your professional network, both inside and outside the firm. For example, I am currently involved in the Client+ programme in which I attend meetings with Directors across the business to discuss JLL’s ongoing relationship with British Land - one of our biggest clients.

About me

I studied Modern Languages & Cultures (French & German) at the University of Durham and have recently completed a part-time MSc Real Estate course at the University College of Estate Management.

Journey to JLL

My introduction to property was during my Year Abroad as part of my BA degree, when I spent 6 months working in the valuation team of Cushman & Wakefield in Paris. After completing my BA degree, I returned to Paris and worked in JLL’s valuation department for 1 year before joining the JLL Graduate Scheme in London.

The job

I currently work at LaSalle Investment Management, which is JLL’s investment management sister company. I work in the Asset Management team, focusing on the alternative and retail sectors. I manage 16 assets directly, as well as assisting on several others. The aim of an asset manager is to create value for their assets, which can be achieved, for example, by new lettings, refurbishments, re-development and lease renewals. The day-to-day job also involves managing arrears, repair works and rent reviews, as well as client reporting. There is also scope to be involved in acquisitions and disposals.

Outside work

JLL has a fantastically diverse workforce, which is mirrored in the numerous groups and committees that organise a wide variety of social and networking events throughout the year, accessible to all within the JLL group. JLL is also serious about supporting charities and there are numerous ways to get involved in various fundraising initiatives. For example, I helped organise the LaSalle Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which raised nearly £10,000 for Crisis and LandAid.

Support

As a JLL graduate, there is a solid support network around you to guide you through your 2 years of development, leading up to the APC. This comprises the JLL HR team, an appointed APC Counsellor and APC Supervisor. At LaSalle I also benefit from brief weekly meetings with my supervisors to raise any questions and provide progress updates on various projects.

About me

As an undergraduate I studied Politics and Sociology at the University of Bristol and then gained a Real Estate Masters at Cass Business School before working at JLL.

Journey to JLL

During both my undergraduate degree and Masters I worked at a number of property companies during the holidays. These included firms such as CBRE and Savills where I gained valuable work experience in both residential and commercial departments. This would usually be for 2 to 4 weeks and helped me decide on what area of property I wanted to pursue.

The job

I am currently on my first rotation working in the National Valuation Advisory team which involves providing valuation advice to clients on industrial, retail and office properties. As a graduate, my day-to-day tasks involve undertaking due diligence on the properties we are valuing, attending property inspections, taking measurements, writing up valuation reports, and providing Market Valuations of properties using technological tools such as Argus. In addition to this, as a graduate I have attended many client meetings with my directors where we have met asset/property managers, landlords, and relationship managers from major banks, particularly when providing valuations for loan security.

Outside work

Despite the graduate scheme being highly demanding, JLL is a very social company which is something it prides itself on. With regards to this, there are numerous sports clubs and networking events for employees to join which provide a good opportunity for graduates to build relationships with people across the business at all levels. In addition to this, each team has numerous team lunches/events whilst there are also monthly gatherings and annual summer days which emphasize JLL’s social culture.

Support

There are a number of benefits that come from working for a company like JLL. One of these is the continual support given to graduates particularly by HR who arrange regular 1-2-1 meetings with us to discuss our progression and development, and ensure that we are getting the correct CPD and experience to pass the APC. In addition to HR, graduates are also provided with a supervisor and counselor who provide day to day assistance on matters both in and out of the office. Further to this, worth noting is the way in which JLL supports its graduates in being entrepreneurial and achieving ambition. For example, despite graduates often being associated with background work, there are clear opportunities given to us when attending senior client meetings, and also through JLL’s close relationships with other companies which has seen a number of us help at Acuitus auctions and receive exposure to other clients and people within the industry.

Our People

Our current graduates, interns and sandwich students give us a run-down of their experiences working for JLL and what they have gained and achieved so far.

  • Alice Keogh

    Alice Keogh

    Graduate Surveyor, London

    • The graduate support working for a firm like JLL is difficult to falter, as each department is readily equipped to train and mentor each graduate through the process.
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  • Charlotte Whincup

    Charlotte Whincup

    Graduate Surveyor, London

    • As well as being a great place to train to become a Chartered Surveyor, JLL is also great for social occasions.
    • Read more
  • Francis Acquah

    Francis Acquah

    Graduate Surveyor, London

    • I work in the West End Lease Advisory team which involves advising clients in relation to rent review and lease restructuring matters.
    • Read more
  • Gareth Garnsworthy

    Gareth Garnsworthy

    Apprentice, London

    • I am currently finishing my second year as an Apprentice Building Surveyor at JLL while studying at Westminster Kingsway College.
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  • Hannah Davies

    Hannah Davies

    Graduate Surveyor, London

    • As a graduate, I get involved in every stage of a project, which always starts with an inspection of the property and often a meeting with the client.
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  • James Hart

    James Hart

    Asset Manager, London

    • I currently work at LaSalle Investment Management in the Asset Management team, focusing on the alternative and retail sectors.
    • Read more
  • Milton Karamani

    Milton Karamani

    Graduate Surveyor, London

    • As an undergraduate I studied Politics and Sociology at the University of Bristol and then gained a Real Estate Masters.
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