I graduated with a degree in Media and Communications BA (hons) from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009. I focused my studies on marketing and advertising. In my own time, I also undertook creative courses in interior design, styling and sketching at Central St Martins Art School in London to satisfy my growing personal interest in property and design.
Prior to my time with Galbraith I worked in sales and marketing for Virgin Active in Glasgow and, thereafter, spent a number of years within the city in letting agencies including Pacitti Jones and Ryden where I achieved the highest industry qualiﬁcation delivered by the ARLA Propertymark. Ultimately Ryden merged with Rettie & Co. where I continued my career until I was selected and offered a sales role within the newly launched Newton Mearns agency branch. I felt it was a signiﬁcant step in my career and to this day I still ﬁnd my experience and knowledge of the lettings industry to be helpful.
In 2017 my husband and I decided to relocate to Aberdeenshire, my home. Luckily this coincided with a position becoming available with Galbraith Aberdeen, where I have been for the last year and a half working as residential sales negotiator. Something I love about my job is how varied my days can be. My usual day in the office will involve assisting with enquiries and discussing properties we are selling, arranging and following up on viewings and discussing comments and enquiries with our clients, social media and marketing activity, negotiating offers and following the conveyancing process through to the completion of the sale. This can involve dealing with anything from discussing deed plans, planning applications and surveys to mediating complications of a sale between a seller and buyer. I can also be out and about, for example to meet clients to become familiar with their property or visiting potential development sites. In my time at Galbraith I have sold some unusual listings, highlights include the sale of Noranside Prison, New Aberdour Beach, even Balbithan Castle. The more complex sales are challenging and interesting, especially in a turbulent market as we have in Aberdeenshire. We are exceptionally client and service driven, developing relationships with our buyers and sellers which means the satisfaction of a sale is genuinely rewarding on a personal level.
If I were to give advice in entering our ﬁeld of work I would say to be persistent and eager to learn, experience builds your competency and it is incredible how many skills you learn that can be helpful when least expected. Team work and support to create trusting relationships with your colleagues is paramount, especially when in an often pressured sales role. I’m thankful to work in such an environment here in Galbraith Aberdeen.