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A week in the life of a...

...Graduate Commercial Surveyor. With Emma MacFadyen.

I wasn't sure what to expect from my first full-time job in the industry after my postgraduate degree in commercial real estate from Aberdeen University.

I love the variety - no two days are the same - and I'm involved in an array of projects, working with teams from different business streams based at our offices around the country so I get to travel too. Friendly and supportive colleagues have made the transition from university to working life much less daunting.

MONDAY is spent in Stirling updating a client report after conducting title investigations to ascertain who owns an access track to a large proposed residential development site near Edinburgh. At an internal meeting with our planners in the afternoon we discuss the different aspects of the project and the report prior to the client meeting next week.

TUESDAY sees me helping to prepare a plan of a company portfolio for the Partners' management pitch. I collate data about the company's assets, working alongside our GIS manager to create a presentable map format.

On WEDNESDAY morning I head to our Cupar office to discuss with a client the best approach to market their property with my line manager, Harry Stott. As a relatively large site with several different aspects we recommend marketing it as a whole rather than split into lots to simplify the sale process for the client. That afternoon I visit the property to see the issues first hand. As a complex site with the potential for development, being able to visualise the alternative uses is key. En route back to Stirling, I visit another site in Perthshire for which we are preparing a marketing report that has consent for the construction of up to six residential dwellings. 

THURSDAY: I enjoy catching up on paperwork and emails back in the office. This is when I pull together my thoughts from site visits and meetings and formulate a plan. The rest of the day is focused on drafting the marketing and valuation reports from this week's visits, with Harry's support, which are then proof-read and bound before going to the client.

FRIDAY morning starts with a drive up to Lochaber to inspect, measure and photograph a property for a valuation report. The early start and long drive were made worthwhile be the spectacular scenery on a rare sunny day on the west coast. It's a great way to end the week.