I vividly remember my interview day: the nervous faces of the other candidates, the anticipation, my racing heart. When it was my time, I knocked on the door and peered around the corner to see the panel waiting. Everything I’d learned was whizzing through my mind.
One hour later I came out feeling exhilarated and confident. I knew I’d got my points across well and stayed calm but I also started second guessing myself – had I answered the questions in the right way? Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long: a week later I found out that I’d passed the APC and was a fully fledged chartered surveyor. That was the most amazing feeling; all those hours of study and preparation had paid off. A massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
Property has always interested me as my dad invested in houses and knew a lot about the industry. My degree in real estate from the University of Westminster gave me a fantastic grounding in the sector. This was when I first found out about RICS, as my course was accredited by them.
“Having a globally recognised qualification means clients have more confidence in your work.”
After university I worked at the Valuation Office Agency for eight months before moving to BLG where I focused more on the finance side of property development. I found becoming chartered was essential as having that globally recognised qualification means clients have more confidence in your work. And I wanted to push myself to achieve more as well.
My journey wasn’t the easiest. BLG had never had someone go through the full APC before, so couldn’t provide me with much guidance on the process but did help me move around different departments to gain the necessary experience to meet my competencies. This meant I had to be extremely self-motivated and find other ways to get the help I needed, such as training courses.