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About Hannah

I studied Geography at Durham University.

Pathway to JLL

I first joined JLL two years ago as a summer intern in the Project Management department. As I don't have a building or surveying background, this gave me an excellent insight into the construction industry and the roles and responsibilities of a Project Manager. I commenced on JLL's graduate scheme a year later. With JLL's support I have also started a two-year part-time MSc in Project Management at Reading University.

The job

My day to day tasks are varied, and include visiting sites to check on progress and discuss any issues with the contractor; analysing a contractor's request for additional costs and issuing an instruction as appropriate; liaising with the design team to ensure the design develops; obtaining fee proposals for consultant services, reviewing the proposals and recommending who should be appointed; and developing, tracking and updating risk registers and project programmes. Each project has its peculiarities and challenges, be it doing work on an occupied building or remediating a contaminated site, and it is these challenges that make project management all the more interesting and exciting a career to pursue.

Support

The assistance and guidance on offer at JLL to help us pass our APC is extensive. Within the Project Management department, graduates have monthly group meetings where we individually research and present on a particular topic. We also have numerous in-house lectures given by both internal and external experts, covering a range of topics from invasive weeds that grow through concrete to the latest sustainable building methods and technologies.

About Jessica

I studied English Literature at Cardiff University and am now studying for a Real Estate masters at Bristol UWE whilst working at JLL.

Journey to JLL

During my time at university in the holidays I would come into JLL and help one of the teams with data management and their lettings website. This would normally be for between 2-4 weeks depending on the holiday. After graduating and taking a year to teach in China I returned to JLL and enjoyed the work so much that I applied for the graduate scheme.

The job

I work in the National Investment team within JLL which involves buying and selling properties as investments for our clients. As a graduate the day-to-day role involves undertaking the due diligence in a sales/acquisition process. This includes tasks such as measuring, inspections, reading tenant financial reports, verifying lease information and a hundred other tasks. Additionally as a graduate you will be involved in the marketing process by writing/producing brochures.

Support

There is a huge benefit in working for the team in the long term. While at the beginning as a graduate you are often doing the background due diligence, there is the opportunity to interact with clients at meetings and at inspections which is highly beneficial to a graduate's development.

About Mike

I studied BSc (Hons) Building Surveying at Northumbria University.

Journey to JLL

I am currently on the graduate scheme with a view to sit my APC in 2016. As I am following the Building Surveying pathway, I am able to gain all necessary experience for my final assessment without the need to rotate to other departments.

The job

My day-to-day role is incredibly varied. On any given day I could be in a shopping centre, an office block, an industrial unit or anything in-between. Whilst I'm based in the West End office, it is not uncommon for me to work from the city office or Canary Wharf. We are actively encouraged to get out and make ourselves known to not only our clients but also our colleagues.

Support

Continuing support and development here extends well beyond the graduate scheme. Upon qualifying we will be enrolled onto Springboard, which is a bespoke suite of training programmes designed to aid in continuing professional development. We also undertake an Individual Performance Management Plan; a series of ongoing meetings with our line managers in which objectives and goals are set to ensure an effective link between career progression and performance.

Outside work

There are lots of events like the triathlon and the prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 to keep anyone busy. The sports culture here is one of my favourite aspects of the company; the UK CEO even took it upon himself to mount one of Sir Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France bikes in the office!

About Alisa

I studied Urban Estate Management at the University of Westminster. I am currently training towards my APC and am hoping to qualify as a surveyor this year.

Journey to JLL

After my second year at university I took part in the summer internship at JLL, after which I was offered an interview for the graduate scheme which I joined two years ago. At the time I had had a fair bit of experience in different real estate related jobs already, including working as Saturday Estate Agents cover and a part time job in Residential Property Management which I had throughout all of my time at university.

The job

I have completed a year and six months in the Corporate Consulting and Specialist Valuations teams. My last graduate rotation is within London Unlimited, a new team that JLL launched earlier this year to tap into new markets emerging across London. Day to day that means dealing with new and existing client requirements for office space, which I try to fulfil by reaching out to other agents in the market and trawling through online databases looking for suitable matches. It's always fun to unearth opportunities by chatting to people that you meet on the job and try to agree a deal before properties officially hit the market.

The team gives graduates a great grounding for any transaction based team, but you also get a good understanding of lease terms and negotiations - really useful in any advisory team. Working on the agency side of the firm is incredibly busy, fun and sociable and I love being out and about all day meeting clients and other agents.

Outside Interests

There are lots of social events and I've been able to attend a variety of things ranging from regular Thursday drinks to afternoons at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre. I do generally try to make the most of the events JLL offers and have tried the JLL property triathlon and 5k in the past, which I found a great way of meeting people within the firm from all sorts of different backgrounds.

About Callum

I studied Geography with Transport Planning at the University of Leeds, and then did a Masters in Real Estate at Oxford Brookes University.

Journey to JLL

I joined JLL last year, and I am currently going into my second year on the JLL graduate scheme. I have just spent a year at LaSalle Investment Management, which is a rotation available to graduates on the commercial property graduate pathway.

The job

My day-to-day role primarily consists of working on a pension fund team where I am involved in anything from running projections and appraisals for potential new acquisitions or disposals, managing the fund model to creating and collating business plans and reports. I also work on the Central London Business Space Asset Management team where I help manage a number of properties across London, from industrial units in Croydon to mixed-use office blocks in Kings Cross. Working for Business Space will gain you experience in managing your own properties, such as leasing or refurbishment. However, there will also be a number of other properties that you will help manage or do projects for.

Support

Working with JLL has allowed me to work outside of my usual day-to-day role on projects, acquisitions and appraisals for other funds. This year I have been part of the acquisition of a public house portfolio, retail warehousing and a high street unit. I have also gained disposal experience with the sale of an office portfolio. Being part of the Fund and Asset Management team has been brilliant in gaining a wide range of experience for starting my career. I have been given a lot of responsibility from day one which can admittedly be quite daunting to start with; however, once you get used to it, it is hugely rewarding for a graduate role.

Outside work

As with much of the property industry I have now started to get into the odd triathlon or cycle race which is a huge amount of fun. There is also the opportunity to get involved in various other sports teams in the company.

About Alexandra

I studied Geography at the University of St. Andrew's. In September 2014 I enrolled onto a Postgraduate degree in Real Estate Management at Birmingham City University.

Journey to JLL

I started my JLL career in February 2014 as an intern in the Birmingham Capital Markets team, with little previous corporate experience other than 2 weeks in the Real Estate Finance department of a high street bank.

The job

I am currently in the Industrial & Logistics team. I was quickly given a lot of responsibility with regards to viewings and enquiries; within a couple of weeks I was showing prospective tenants around units on my own and dealing with telephone and email enquiries personally. I have also written brochures and marketing particulars for the units and sites we have been instructed to let or sell. I have mainly focused on the small to medium sized units; however, I have also been involved in the bigger schemes. For example, I helped write a pitch for an important client that highlights the team's ability and local market knowledge for us to win an instruction on a large industrial development site in the West Midlands.

Support

JLL are very supportive in all aspects and provide graduates with plenty of opportunities to demonstrate their professional ability and make valuable contributions to both individual departments and the wider company network. With the graduate rotation you get to experience several different departments so you are able to learn the different business lines the company offers and also what is best suited to your work style and general preferences. Each rotation is a minimum of 6 months and provides a well-rounded approach to becoming a chartered surveyor through the variety of competencies gained and also the depth of knowledge with each seat.

Outside work

I joined the Staff Liaison Committee at JLL, who are responsible for charity fundraising and sponsorship as well as the summer and winter office parties. Although not a cyclist myself, I have helped out with the annual JLL Classic Cycle around Warwickshire with a support vehicle and also refreshments for the athletes throughout the ride!

About Emma

I studied BSc City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University. Unusually, I am now studying for my master's degree MSc Spatial Planning at UCL on a part-time basis whilst on the JLL graduate programme.

Journey to JLL

Prior to starting on the JLL graduate scheme, and as part of a sandwich year for my undergraduate degree, I undertook a 12 month placement at Transport for London. As a student planner in their Borough Planning department I was exposed to public sector transport planning and was able to develop my understanding of and experience in the UK planning system.

The job

As a Graduate Planning Consultant my role is varied and is enabling me to gain the experience necessary for RTPI and RICS accreditation. My day to day role involves assisting clients through all the stages of the planning process, beginning with initial site searches and planning appraisals used to identify development prospects of sites, through to preparing, submitting and then negotiating planning applications. Outside of this, I have worked on S106 negotiations, responding to planning policy consultations on behalf of clients and providing listed building advice.

Support

The JLL graduate scheme provides many opportunities for personal development. The Planning and Development team have been very supportive of my desire to study for a master's degree while working, allowing me to develop both theoretical understanding and practical experience, which I can use to strengthen my personal development. After completing my masters I will be working towards becoming an accredited member of both the RTPI and RICS. JLL provide all of the support and guidance necessary to excel throughout this process.

About Charlie

I studied Property Planning and Development at Nottingham Trent University.

Journey to JLL

I was encouraged by my University to take a sandwich year as it would provide me with an invaluable year of experience prior to completing a degree and give me an opportunity to learn the property industry in a practical environment. I chose JLL for its market-leading reputation in all property fields and disciplines.

The job

Being in the Residential Valuation department I learnt a great amount and in great detail how the Valuations profession works. I have learnt method and application and have been given the opportunity and responsibility to create and complete my own work. I have learnt to engage and make new clients in and out of a working environment and I have begun a real understanding of how the property industry works. It's really helped me put my academic studies into context which will help when I return to finish my degree.

The knowledge and experience I have gained over the last 12 months will stay with me throughout my career and would not have been achievable without doing a sandwich year at JLL. A truly enjoyable and unforgettable experience, which I couldn't recommend more!

About Roger

I graduated from Real Estate Management and Business from Liverpool John Moores University.

Journey to JLL

After graduating I secured a position on the JLL graduate scheme and commenced work about 18 months ago. Prior to joining the graduate scheme I took time out to work and travel in Australia and Asia before returning home to gain industry experience at a smaller Chartered Surveyors and also spent six months working in a residential estate agency working as an assistant residential valuer.

The job

I have been at JLL for just over a year and currently in my second rotation on the graduate scheme. My first six months was spent in the Rating department and I now work within the West End Valuation team. Each year the JLL Valuation team underpins decisions on around £210 billion of UK commercial property across multiple sectors. The West End Valuation team provide a range of valuations for loan security, due diligence for sales and acquisitions, portfolio valuations and for accounting purposes typically for assets within the West End of London. I have worked on a variety of projects from a development appraisal for residential to office conversion in Bloomsbury to providing a purchase report for a mixed use building on Regent Street. I also carry out quarterly valuations for a number of properties within the west end which sit within a larger fund. All of these require me to talk to agents within JLL and outside of JLL to find out the latest rental and investment transactions that have taken place, ensuring that we have the most up to date information when providing the valuations.

Outside of work

Aside from work, the London property scene is always bustling with networking opportunities which is a great way to meet people both within and outside of JLL. There are a number of social events to attend and I am part of the JLL (LGBT) Building Pride which organises drinks at different companies every couple of months. JLL offers a number of events including the JLL triathlon and 5k run, all of which raise money for our charity partner Starlight. Myself and a few other graduates were able to secure a place in the Prudential Ride London 100 mile cycle to raise money for Starlight: this involved various fundraising events including a charity pub quiz, cake sales and a bacon sandwich drop at the office.

About Mhairi

I studied Property and Economics at the University of Aberdeen.

Journey to JLL

During University I arranged every summer to do some work experience in the property industry which allowed me to experience what life was like as a chartered surveyor. After University I went travelling and managed to arrange some experience in JLL Singapore with the Research team and when I was offered a Graduate role in the JLL Glasgow Office.

The job

My first role was within the Office Agency team where I learnt about the market and how it worked for both landlords and tenants. I then moved to the Valuation team where I spent the rest of my time training. The level of experience gained and scope of work I was involved with enabled me to take Valuation to Level 3 and become a Registered Valuer this year. Since qualifying in May I have reminded within the Valuation team. The work I currently do involves carrying out monthly and quarterly valuations for various institutional clients as well as loan security valuations for a number of banks and other lenders for varying asset classes.

Outside work

Apart from the graduate scheme, JLL is a great place to work and I have felt fully supported over the years helping me get the experience and training I need to become a better chartered surveyor. It is great socially with a weekly running club in the summer, monthly gatherings within the office and an annual summer day out.

About Jakub

I studied Politics at International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London.

Journey to JLL

I am currently on the Business Management graduate scheme which allows me to rotate through the departments JLL have (Finance, HR, Marketing and others) before selecting the one I am most suited for.

The job

I am based at Canary Wharf and get drawn into the experience just by arriving at the office. One aspect of my work involves reporting accurate data into our business units and helping them to plan and track their progress efficiently. The second is working with compliance teams and auditors to make sure we meet all legal requirements, which is a tricky process given the size and worldwide reach of the company! It also means seeing a lot of our large deals close up, being able to scrutinise and understand them in detail. Dealing with confidential and otherwise sensitive information to achieve this goes to show the amount of trust the company puts in its graduates from day one.

Support

I am consistently encouraged to critique, question or improve things I see fit and personal development is therefore ongoing. My rotations will determine which department I can excel in best before joining one permanently and I have regular performance views which set out small to medium term goals to reach for. There are also numerous opportunities to gain experience abroad in another JLL office.

Outside work

The team I am in has a true runner's heart, this is encouraged alongside cycling to work and other sports - we have showers and changing rooms at the office to cater for this. I enjoy the competitiveness in our charity events such as JLL's Property 5K in Regent's Park. There are teams for most sports which is great as there are countless opportunities to socialise with colleagues and other graduates.

About Faith

I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a joint Honours degree in Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies.

Journey to JLL

In my second year at university I undertook voluntary work experience at a local independent estate agent, deepening my understanding of the residential property market. Wanting to expand my commercial property knowledge, I applied and was accepted onto another property company's summer scheme where I spent a month working in their commercial development team. I then applied for a place on the JLL summer internship which I was successful with and gained a place on the Residential Development team.

The job

My duties ranged from creating specification-benchmarking schedules, to compiling comparable reports for pitch meetings. I was kept busy with work from various members of the team so I was constantly learning and enhancing my real estate knowledge: being a non-cognate intern I was pleased to be learning so much from top surveyors. Apart from my team duties, I also attended meetings scheduled specifically for the interns. These meetings were a chance for us to understand what being a graduate at the firm would be like. The talks ranged from Senior Surveyors discussing life and career progression at JLL, to hearing from Guy Grainger himself, welcoming us to the company and encouraging us to really get involved during our internship.

Support

My pathway to achieving such a coveted offer from JLL has most certainly not been a traditional one. Thankfully JLL is one of the few surveying firms that interviews all kinds of candidates, whether they have studied real estate or otherwise. This ensures that JLL is comprised of a variety of talented surveyors with not only real estate knowledge but also their own unique areas of expertise, which is essential when providing such a wide range of services for our clients.

About Ross

Property Management and Investment at the University of West of England, Bristol (UWE)

Journey to JLL

I applied for the graduate scheme and reached the interview stage however failed to secure a position on my first attempt. Aiming to build up my property related work experience, I approached JLL's Bristol Office and managed to secure a two month summer internship, towards the end of my internship I was offered an eight month temporary contract in the Office Agency department which I accepted. With the experience gained and improved property knowledge I re-applied for the graduate scheme the next year and managed to secure a full time position.

The job

My day-to-day role currently involves producing valuation reports under the assistance of my supervisor. During my time in the Office Agency team I was involved with leasehold acquisitions and disposals. My colleagues encouraged me to take on more responsibility offering me the opportunity to actively lead on select properties, this involved carrying out viewings, preparing and attending marketing meetings, dealing with the client direct and negotiating heads of terms. My first deal was a disposal of a suite at Temple Studios, a creative and digital hub in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Support

You can expect structured training and internal support giving you every chance of succeeding in your APC. The rotation scheme is excellent as it enables graduates to experience a range of roles within the profession, often in market leading teams. You can expect lots of client contact, responsibility from day one and endless opportunities. Post qualification you can expect continued training to develop your career and progress in your chosen field.

Outside of work

I am a keen sportsman and have participated twice in JLL's property triathlon, an annual industry event and even cycled from Bristol to Paris for charity with 10 of my colleagues from the Bristol office!

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.

  • Hannah Carey

    Hannah Carey

    Graduate Project Manager, London

    • I don't have a building or surveying background but my placement gave me excellent insight into the construction industry and project management.
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  • Jessica Cunningham

    Jessica Cunningham

    Graduate Surveyor, London

    • I studied English Literature at Cardiff University and am now studying for a Real Estate masters at Bristol UWE whilst working at JLL.
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  • Mike Linnane

    Mike Linnane

    Graduate Building Surveyor, London

    • My day to day role is incredibly varied. On any given day I could be in a shopping centre, an office block, an industrial unit or anything in-between.
    • Read more
  • Alisa Weber

    Alisa Weber

    Graduate Surveyor, London

    • I studied Urban Estate Management at the University of Westminster and am currently training towards my APC.
    • Read more
  • Callum O'Boyle

    Callum O'Boyle

    Graduate Surveyor, LaSalle Investment Management, London

    • I'm going into my second year on the JLL graduate scheme having just spent a year at LaSalle Investment Management.
    • Read more
  • Alex Fitzpatrick

    Alex Fitzpatrick

    Graduate Surveyor, Birmingham

    • I studied Geography at the University of St. Andrew's and I'm completing a Postgraduate degree in Real Estate Management at Birmingham City University.
    • Read more
  • Emma Thorpe

    Emma Thorpe

    Graduate Planning Consultant, London

    • As a Graduate Planning Consultant my role is varied and is enabling me to gain the experience necessary for RTPI and RICS accreditation.
    • Read more
  • Charlie Bethell

    Charlie Bethell

    Sandwich Placement Student, London

    • My university encouraged me to take a sandwich year as it would provide me with a year of invaluable experience prior to completing a degree.
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  • Roger Evans

    Roger Evans

    Graduate Surveyor, London

    • I have worked on a variety of projects from a development appraisal to an office conversion.
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  • Mhairi Laidlaw

    Mhairi Laidlaw

    Graduate Surveyor, Glasgow

    • The level of experience gained and scope of work I was involved with enabled me to take valuation to Level 3 and become a Registered Valuer this year.
    • Read more
  • Jakub Habarta

    Jakub Habarta

    Graduate Business Manager, London

    • I'm currently on the Business Management graduate scheme which allows me to rotate through multiple departments at JLL.
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  • Faith Locken

    Faith Locken

    Summer Intern, London

    • I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Joint Honours degree in Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies.
    • Read more
  • Ross Wigley

    Ross Wigley

    Graduate Surveyor, Bristol

    • You can expect structured training and internal support giving you every chance of succeeding in your APC.
    • Read more