The placement massively aided my knowledge; putting theory into practice was not only insightful, but allowed me to develop strong interpersonal skills.
More about Guy
Graduate company: Knight Frank
Tell us about your current role
“I'm currently working in residential development at Knight Frank. It's a very fast paced, dynamic atmosphere and I'm constantly learning with the help and support of their well-established graduate scheme. My increasing responsibility and direct contact to projects and clients along with individual case handling makes me feel like an important member of the team.”
How did you spend your placement year?
“I spent my placement year at McDonald's UK within their retail acquisitions team. I worked alongside surveyors, helping to source, negotiate and acquire freehold and leasehold sites across the UK. The placement massively aided my knowledge; putting theory into practice was not only insightful, but allowed me to develop strong interpersonal skills. This was evident through the practical nature of my placement in group projects and presentations.
What did you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“I loved it at NTU. I made some long term friends, really got some use of the refurbished library and found the lecturers on my Real Estate course very comprehensive. Lecturers who have previously worked in industry were particularly great for the more practical modules as they were able to gear coursework assignments towards these elements.
“We went on a course trip to Warsaw, Poland during our second year. It certainly gave insight into another real estate market with a well thought out tour of respective real estate offices. However, my highlight of this trip was bonding and getting to know my peers in an environment away from campus. This was helpful when group work came around as many had already broken the ice. Real estate is a particularly sociable industry so it must not be forgotten that these skills are of paramount importance.