July 26, 2021
Professional property careers highlighted by MMP/NL
Students at a Mid Wales high school have been given an insight into the career opportunities in the region’s property sector.
The sixth formers from Llanidloes High School had an inspirational video meeting with staff from estate agent Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd. Partner Andrew Turner, a chartered surveyor, and residential lettings specialist, Tom Lewis, talked about how they entered the profession and what their roles involved.
“We had an open conversation about the work we undertake, our own roles and careers, and the avenues they can take to into working within the property sector,” said Andrew.
“It provided us with some usual insights into how young people perceive an estate agent and what jobs they think exist in the sector. We were able to talk about the routes into the profession, such as on-the-job training or education, such as college or university.
Promoting professional property careers in the area
“As a Mid Wales business, we’re keen to ensure we have a stream of talented professionals working for us and that’s why it’s important for us to break down any misconceptions and highlight the wide range of careers available.
“We have a range of departments, from sales and lettings to commercial and rural. So, there’s a diverse range of opportunities within them, from specialists to support and admin.”
Tom Lewis joined MMP/NL’s Llanidloes office four years ago. “From my own experience, I did a non-related degree and applied for a post as a receptionist. From there, I’ve been in residential lettings for approximately four years, qualifying as a Member of ARLA, a professional body for property agents, during that time. I’m also completing my Masters in the next month which is required for me to become chartered.
“I’ve just started my APC but as I will have the master’s and five years’ experience next summer I should be able to be chartered next summer as long as all goes to plan.”
Chartered surveyor and a Young Surveyor of the Year finalist, Sarah Rees started work experience at MMP/NL’s Llanidloes office in 2007 before going to Nottingham Trent University to complete a degree in Real Estate Management. This year she has been with the company 10 years, working between the Llanidloes and Rhayader offices in sales and lettings.
“Having graduated in July 2011, I spotted an advert for a trainee surveyor at MMP and applied. Unfortunately, at the time they were looking for someone with more experience. About a month later Andrew rang to say there was an opening for a receptionist which would be good experience for me. I said yes immediately and started the following Monday.
“After six months on the front desk I was asked if I’d like to move to manage the Llanidloes lettings and begin my APC qualification. Through the support of MMP I passed my APC, qualifying as a chartered surveyor in November 2014 and was shortlisted for Young Surveyor of the Year in 2017. I’m very happy to say, this year marks my 10-year anniversary with the company.”
A range of career routes
Huw Evans joined the company’s Newtown office to handle phone calls on a Saturday while in sixth form before working in the summer months prior to go to university.
He said: “Circumstances changed, and I stayed with MMP, working towards my Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors qualification. I’m just finishing my third year of the Real Estate Management degree. It’s beneficial to be working in the industry and studying at the same time as it is all relevant.”
“I’m about a quarter way through my structured training to become chartered, which is a two-year scheme. I’ve moved on from the phones and accompanying viewings to now going out to value and market properties on my own. It’s a great job.”
Tom Davies, a Rural Chartered Surveyor and auctioneer, joined MMP/NL and Welshpool Livestock Sales on a 12-month work placement from Harper Adams University in 2021.
“I was studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Twelve months turned into 14 and I was offered a full-time graduate position following the completion of my degree in 2014,” said Tom.
“The next 18 months were spent working towards my RICS assessment which I passed in spring 2016 and then on to become a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers (FAAV) which I gained in autumn 2017. I’m now carrying out a wide variety of rural professional work as well as being part of the WLS team selling livestock on a weekly basis.”
Talented and professional team
Andrew Turner added: “We’re proud of the broad range of talented people we have working at our offices throughout Powys, Shropshire, Ceredigion and Gwynedd. We have a great team that is very much customer focussed. That is one reason we have returning clients as well as referrals.
“We’re always keen to talk to anyone interested in a career in property surveying and sales. Talking to young people in local high schools is a great way to demonstrate to them the type of professional careers available on their doorstep.”
More details about jobs and news from MMP/NL can be found at www.morrismarshall.co.uk.