More about Ella
Why did you choose NTU and your course?
I chose NTU because I liked that the City Campus is in the heart of Nottingham Centre with the buzz of shops, parks, restaurants and bars all close by. When looking around the Arkwright building and speaking to student reps of the ADBE department, I felt that I would gain specialist knowledge and core surveying competencies where from this I then have the opportunity to learn my strengths and passions in each sector. In addition to this, I decided to choose Real Estate as my degree as I have always had an interest in property and with NTU’s experienced lecturers, content based on real-life scenarios, and RICS accreditation, I felt it was the perfect place to prepare me for my future career.
What do you think about the course staff? How do they support your learning and university experience?
The course staff have been invaluable to my learning and have supported me throughout my time at NTU to utilise the most out of my university experience. In my first year, I was handpicked by my academic lecturers to feature in a five-year article in the Estates Gazette focusing on my progression and passion for working in the industry. This has been a fantastic opportunity that I have been able to add as an achievement onto my CV and has showcased my profile to professionals in the industry.
Have you been involved in any live projects of briefs on your course and if so, can you talk a bit about one you really enjoyed?
Yes, there are a variety of live projects briefs I have participated in at NTU, however, the Corporate Real Estate week with Nick Nunnington was my favourite. The group assessment with Nick Nunnington was an amazing opportunity to participate in a scenario of relocating offices in Dubai, exercising skills of time management, design, presenting, and teamwork. This week focused on aligning a new ‘HQHub’ with the company’s values, which is essential to carry into the industry.
What’s next for you after NTU?
After graduating from NTU in the summer of 2022 I look forward to beginning my career and commencing my APC to become a chartered surveyor. I would like to be working in a consulting agency in a city hub, where I can connect with like-minded professionals, be a part of new exciting projects and become respected as a professional within the industry once qualifying my APC.
Has the employability team helped you plan for life beyond NTU?
The employability team have helped me plan for life beyond NTU by providing CV support, broadcasting internship opportunities, hosting career fairs and running employability programmes. I have utilised these opportunities by going to the team for CV support and also participating in the ADBE Mentoring Programme.
My mentor was a property executive advisor who gave me tips for interviews, assessment centres, and online tests. I now feel prepared when applying for graduate roles after being a part of this unique mentoring programme, and can easily locate graduate opportunities on the NTU Employability Online website.
How would you promote NTU to potential students in 10 words or fewer?
Outstanding teaching in an amazing student city.
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