I have always really enjoyed my job. In a nutshell, it comes down to working with a great team, meeting new people and trying to secure amazing houses for them – and often their families – to enjoy. It’s always incredibly rewarding to receive the call from a solicitor confirming that it’s time to hand over a set of keys to a new buyer, particularly when you know they absolutely love the property and it’s the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for them. I find the work/life balance of my job great as well; I don’t like to be sat behind a desk all day and I’m fortunate that I am often out and about within the local community. That said, I do appreciate my desk and our excellent office coffee machine when it’s freezing cold and pouring with rain outside. I am lucky enough to live locally, just a short distance from the train station, in fact. I do feel fortunate whenever I spy a rather weary bunch of London commuters wending their way home from a long day in the Capital. Living close to the office gives me a real understanding of all that the area has to offer and I fully appreciate why people are so keen to move into this area – one of those reasons being the great commuter links to London, I will admit!
I’ve always enjoyed trying to improve myself as a person, which is why I like to try my hand at a variety of new hobbies (some of which have been rather short lived), but I like to feel I’m always learning new things. This year I’ve learnt to shoot (Clays) and build computers; I’ve even had flying lessons, which was a fantastic experience and made me realise how much I enjoy learning new skills. In the coming year I want to focus on taking the next steps in my career, which is why I have decided to expand my professional skills and knowledge in a more structured way.
Having spent six years as a Sales Negotiator and progressed to Senior Sales Negotiator, I’m not wishing to progress into management positions and am now looking for a way to take my role forward in a slightly less conventional capacity. Our Weybridge office is home to one our RICS qualified Surveyors, Hugo Stuttaford MA MSc BSc MRICS, Director of Residential Development; like me, Hugo splits his time between working in the office and being out and about with Clients, undertaking a wide spectrum of tasks on any given day. The variety of Hugo’s role appeals to me and it made me take a look into surveying more seriously. After doing some research, I feel now that obtaining RICS status seems to be like earning your professional badge of honour, granting access through many doors if one wishes to move into other areas of the property industry. Perhaps one day I would like to become a professional Valuer or a Residential Surveyor; perhaps I would like to help Developers with their new build schemes, or work on Lease Extensions or Party Wall Agreements. The possibilities seem endless at this point in time, and not just in the UK; a RICS qualification is respected all over the world.
On the other hand, I may decide not to move into any of these roles. I may choose to continue doing what I love doing at the moment – continuing to help Clients find the house of their dreams, but happy in the knowledge that I will be be able to offer the expertise and professional insight that comes from being RICS qualified.
Wish me luck…and watch this space!
Senior Sales Negotiator, Weybridge