I come from a background where property isn’t really taught or spoken about as a career, however I’ve always had a desire to understand and explore it.
Growing up in Southwark, the traditional route that I’d been encouraged into was going to university. I came across Allsop’s degree apprenticeship scheme and thought it was a great opportunity to explore outside my comfort zone – so I leapt at it.
Ever since I took this opportunity I have not looked back and have no regrets. I am studying a part-time Real Estate degree (and will pay no tuition fees, as they are being paid by Allsop), and I’m earning a good salary while working in full-time employment.
How have you settled in?
Honestly speaking, I’ve only been at Allsop for eight months, but I can’t remember life before this. It took me only two weeks to become comfortable with my peers and adapting to the full-time working environment.
Having said this, coming from a student background it could seem challenging. But it was really comforting seeing how everyone around the firm welcomed me with open arms, constantly checking up on me and supporting me wherever needed. I think having other apprentices in my intake helped with the smooth transition, and it didn’t take us long to gel and get to know each other. Especially since we started university, we tend to have study sessions when deadlines are close which really do help with balancing out work and our formal education.
How has it changed you as a person inside or outside of work?
I would say it has helped me both inside and outside of work. My development within my eight months here has helped me transition into a mature individual, as being in a working environment helps you pick up on good habits and it really does improve your ability to communicate.
I would say it has impacted me the most outside of working, benefitting my personal life especially with my time management, organisation, and just so many important skills I have picked up. It has encouraged me to push myself and see greater potential within myself, with Allsop as my foundation.
Picking a highlight is difficult as I have reached many personal milestones within a short period of time.
One thing I’m most proud of is being involved in a sale, which included me drafting a brochure, organising viewings, meeting clients, and then getting the sale completed. At first, I was really nervous doing my first viewing or taking a phone call, but over time your personality and style really does come through. I’ve seen that what makes the process easier is not to be afraid to be yourself.