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The Benefits of Being a Graduate

By: Emma Eilbeck BA (hons) - Updated: 28 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Almost every entry job you stumble across in the property market will be requesting a graduate. If you decide not to go down the graduate route then you could find that your options are limited.

All the best jobs in property are graduate jobs, because the property sector is seen as one for professionals, so they will prefer recruits to be quite well educated.

Money You Earn

If you want to make the money, then you will need to look at graduate jobs, the average graduate will earn around 30-40% more than a non-graduates. A lot of graduate recruitment firms will have a set wage that they start graduates off on, the average starting wage for a graduate entering the property market is around £24,000.

You may get paid more or less, depending on your location, for example, graduate jobs in London will earn more than ones based in Manchester. Graduates jobs also have a better chance of earning more in the long-term, as employers will take you on as an investment and train you up in the hope that you will stay with the firm for a few years.

Job Potential

Many recruitment agencies and firms will specify that new recruits have some form of degree, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a property related degree, although this helps. Some employers will not even look at your application if you are not a graduate.

Once you have qualified, then any future job you get will almost likely requite you to be educated to degree level. There are lots of graduate recruitment firms at the moment offering jobs in property.

Training & Your Degree

Part of the reason that employers insist on your being qualified to degree level is so that they know you are capable of the amount of work that will be thrown upon you when you enter the world of property. They expect their recruits to be of a certain standard and be able to manage their workload.

Even if an employer is impressed by yourself and your skills, then they may ask you to go away and get a degree before they are able to take you on, or even better they may offer you a sponsorship deal and support you through your studies.

Other Routes Without a Degree

It is possible to start a career in the property market without a degree, but you will find it a lot harder, and may have to start at the bottom. One route you may wish to look at is taking on an administrators job at a property firm.

You can pick a lot up by working in the reception of a property firm and acting as the office junior. It is the best way to get your foot in the door and impress the managers.If the managers at the firm are impressed with what you do, then this will work in your favour and put you in a good position to advance further up in the firm.

If it is possible, it is always recommended that you undergo a degree first, before you embark on your property career, you will have a much better chance of being able to get a job, and it will help your future career prospects.

Three years studying for a degree may seem like a long time, but there are no short cuts to be had when it comes to the property market.Although the market is still very entrepreneurial, a lot of firms are still quite traditional and will request some form of professional qualification.

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