1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a Graduate Surveyor, I assist the members of the team in the professional services that provide, all with a view to qualifying as a surveyor myself. I rotate through different teams in the business periodically in order to gain a breadth of knowledge wide enough to gain my RICS qualification
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have learned a lot of new skills. I am learning how to use the internal databases in order to extract and analyse data. I am in contact with clients daily and am learning how the real estate industry works in detail, especially in my current seat which is property management
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the apprenticeship program at Savills. All of my colleagues are very supportive and helpful as well as being welcoming. It is a great environment to learn in and you get a good amount of support from the apprenticeship scheme. the company culture is great and you learn a lot
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program is very well structured. Rotations of four months enable you to gain a genuine breadth of knowledge from different teams around the business. you are monitored regularly and the support is there from your colleagues if you need to discuss an area that you think you are lacking in
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
You receive a lot of support. You are given an apprenticeship counsellor, as well as separate APC counsellors and supervisors. this as well as the general support from the colleagues within the company means that you always have support. HR are also very good for general managing of problems and every day questions.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Everyone has been very interactive with regards to offering support for questions outside the remit of the course that you ask. They are willing to speak about general questions and many of them are APC examiners which does help a lot. they also provide me with appraisals and support the weekly study.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I definitely believe that it helps to perform better in the role. You can apply what you have learned on the course very quickly. especially if you coincide your rotation at work with the same modules that you are studying on your degree. The vast majority of the content covered it applicable to every day work.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Yes, there are lots of extra-curricular activities. company events, even throughout the pandemic, have been occurring, such as team zooms and lunch time webinars. we are also encouraged to join the committees at the company as graduates. during more normal hours there are social networking events and sports events that you can attend.
9a. Would you recommend Savills to a friend?
I would recommend Savills to a friend because, in the simplest terms, it is a great place to work. Everyone is very supportive and gives you a lot of help. The culture is also very good and there is a lot of teamwork. Being located in the west end is also great!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Savills?
I would advise others to be enthusiastic and show a genuine interest in the industry and the company in general. Assessment days are long but very interesting, so try to get to know people on them and don't be afraid to talk to people. The culture is an important thing to understand.