Everyone is talking about the “War for Talents” – but who are these talents and what does their path onto the employment market look like? To find out, we decided to ask our own young professionals.
1. Inga, you’ve been at Cushman & Wakefield for almost exactly a year now.
How did you come to us?
“I first came to C&W because I had to do work experience as part of my degree course from February 2018 onwards. This first time I came across the company was some time before at a jobs event called ‘Practice meets Campus’ at the Holzminden University of Applied Sciences.
When it was time to find a work experience placement, I knew that I wanted to work for an internationally active property consultancy company with a broad range of business activities. That’s when I remembered Cushman and went to the homepage and find out more; when I did, I saw a job advertised in the Valuation & Advisory division and decided to apply.
The application process was quick and, after an interview, I soon found myself doing work experience; this quickly led into a part-time student position. During this time, I was writing my degree thesis on urban logistics, and working with C&W was extremely helpful here as it allowed me to gain hands-on experience which I could then connect up to the applied theory I was learning.
It also gave me experienced contacts in the industry who I could ask for their professional opinion on all matter of issues. For me, it was fantastic to be able to combine the academic elements of my degree with hands-on mentoring.
Since summer 2018, I’ve been working as an analyst in Valuation. So essentially, I’ve had three different jobs in one year!” (Laughs)
2. Last year, you were a student at the recruitment event in Holzminden – and now you’ve ‘switched sides’, representing C&W at the same event this year. How was that experience?
“I was delighted to represent C&W at ‘Practice meets Campus’ because I greatly enjoyed it as a student and thought it was very useful for people on degree courses.
It was a lot of fun to be able to contribute with my own experience and talk about things from another perspective – all the more so because I was still close enough to student life to be able to understand questions that participants might have and offer answers that made sense to them.
What is more, it was nice for me to meet former course-mates and to keep up contact with the university.
3. Is your current job what you originally expected to be doing?
On a degree course, you approach a range of areas in the real-estate sector from a very theoretical point of view and so it’s difficult to imagine what the day-to-day reality of a job in the industry will look like.
It was during various work experience placements that I found out more about working in different parts of the sector. Lots of students think that working in valuation is quite boring and monotonous – and I thought that too, at the start!” (Laughs)
“While I was doing my placement at C&W, I was lucky enough to find out just how varied and exciting the role can be as you learn a lot about different locations and markets – and different properties, too.”
4. What does an average day at work for you look like?
“It looks very different depending on what I’m doing. There’s no regular routine; no two days are alike. I travel a lot to viewings throughout Germany, and when I’m in the office, I generally work on market research, compiling valuations, or writing reports. Although the overall process is similar across many of the projects, each one has its own particularities and there is always a new task or challenge.”
5. If you had to describe the real-estate sector in three words, which words would you choose?
“Exciting, varied, and dynamic.”
Inga, thank you very much for giving us your young professional’s view of the world of work.
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This interview was conducted by Zarina Merkel, Senior Consultant, Marketing & Communications at Cushman & Wakefield