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A day in the life of a Morgan Pryce assistant surveyor (otherwise known as a student on work experience) is busier than one might assume. Learning as much as you can about the property market and the industry in one week is all too familiar to cramming for exams, which most students have become accustomed to every year.
Day one and I was straight on the phones. A technical fault on one of the computers meant that I had to learn fast, in at the deep end. After a few shaky calls to start I felt I was just about afloat. Call by call I felt more confident. Partly because I learned my lines but also because I figured a way to avoid potential slipups by asking agents to ‘put that in an email’.
Before long I was told to grab my jacket and head for the lift, a viewing was on the agenda. Talking to the clients and hearing their specific requirements was very interesting, while looking and some impressive offices. Above all an insight into the famous Rhodri Mason charm proved to be a winner as the clients seemed very encouraged by what they saw. With smiles all round a general consensus seemed to be met. Before long we were back on the tube heading for the office. On arrival a media task was thrust my way. No more than 15 minutes into that job I was told a meeting with clients was awaiting and it may be beneficial that I sit in. So, looking as important as I could I entered the meeting room, shook hands, and took a sit and listened intently to Eugene O’Sullivan pitching new office space. After no more than 40 minutes I was back at my desk to continue with my media task. Not long later Alex Goode asked me to help him out in making a few calls to agents. Having spent the morning on the phone I willingly obliged feeling like a seasoned pro. My veteran status was knocked back however when asked further details about the requirement I was looking for, being as vague as I could I tried to escape the question, which seemed to just about work.
Before I knew it, it was 6 pm, ready to leave the office. Having thoroughly enjoyed my action packed day of learning was looking forward to returning. However, in the same breath I was looking forward to a well-earned sleep. Whoever said work experience was just making teas has clearly never worked at Morgan Pryce!
This article was written by Oliver Lane, student at Loughborough University.