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Anyone will tell you that starting a new job is nerve wracking and starting a placement is no different. Before joining Allsop I really didn’t know what to expect. You hear stories of placement students spending months filing or worse just making the tea. I am pleased to say however, that at Allsop this could not have been further from the truth.

I joined the Leeds office in August 2018 and straight away received a very warm welcome. Everyone knows each other and collaboration between teams flows effortlessly. As a result, not only have I made great friendships in my team, but across the whole office.

As a placement student, I can count this year towards the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This means that I have to gain a rounded experience across the residential market and within all residential departments.

I’ve worked within the Build to Rent (BTR) team covering a variety of different roles. The majority of my work within this team was research based, undertaking demographic reports for clients in order to determine whether BTR is a viable option for the site. The reports cover consultancy, management and valuation giving me a well-rounded understanding of this emerging market.

I have chosen auctioneering as one of the competencies for my APC and, as Allsop are the UK’s leading property auction house, I have gained a fabulous years’ exposure into this world. I had never been to a large property auction before and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I certainly didn’t anticipate a crowd of what must have been 1,000 people in the room. There is a remarkable buzz in the room; a mix of vendors with high hopes, buyers looking to snap up a bargain and the frantic behind the scenes work of the auction team, who run an extremely smooth and successful auction. The highlight for me was the opportunity to stand behind the auctioneers and watch them work the room first hand. It is fascinating watching someone who is so passionate and superb at their job that they make it look effortless. I’m sure it isn’t, because I also saw that the pre-auction preparation that they went through.

By working across multiple teams, I experienced the variety of the residential property industry and got a good sense of which discipline may suit me best. This will be a massive benefit once I have graduated because I will have a much better idea of the jobs I want to apply for.

I have been both lucky and honoured to have secured a graduate role with Allsop in Leeds when I finish my final year at university. Whilst this was the best possible outcome from taking a placement year, it certainly wasn’t expected. It has not only taken a huge weight off my shoulders, but it has given me confidence in the work that I produce.

Overall, working for Allsop this year has been interesting, informative and most of all enjoyable. I can’t thank all my colleagues enough for making me feel welcome and teaching me as well as having a laugh with me. I can’t wait to start back in September 2020.

George Metcalfe

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