A new centralised national website for the API’s young property professionals (YPP) is due to be launched any day now, and expected to deliver more information channels, collaboration platforms and heightened service to its members.
Zoë Rowley, Head of Online for the Australian Property Institute, says the initial stage of the website launch “is about creating a fresh new look, incorporating social media and re-invigorating the content”.
The YPP website will streamline program activities for new and existing members, creating a stand-alone portal for interaction and activity throughout Australia, and provide information on YPP activities and inform readers about other opportunities. Each state and territory will also be equipped with particular social media pages to allow members to keep up to date and to interact with their groups and divisions.
“The website is to service the younger API members and potential new members by offering a new way to interact with the API that is more in line with their expectations and technology experience,” says Rowley.
The social media integration will include familiar services like LinkedIn and Flickr, which will be used to deliver content and allow discussion. Ease of use for members is also a big factor, with a single sign-in section to access a number of sites and member services and online profiles/accounts.
Also in the pipeline is the development of a YPP events calendar to feature on the website, where members can register and pay online, as well as advertising opportunities with space for banners.
The YPP helps to create future leaders by providing a number of networking and educational events in most Australian states. Each state YPP is run by young professionals who are members of the API and working in the industry and/or studying towards a tertiary qualification. YPP members are generally under 35 and come from a diverse property background including valuation, management, funds management, agency, banking, legal, consultancy, development and REITs.
Queenslander Josh Waters, assistant development manager with Mirvac, says that through events hosted by the YPP program he was able to further his career. “It was through these events that I was able to meet property industry professionals who helped to pass on their wealth of knowledge,” he says. “I actually landed my first job in the property industry as an assistant valuer through meeting my future employer at a YPP event.”
Priscilla Tran, assistant property valuer with Herrod Todd White, also says her first role came from joining the YPP. “Through the YPP I was able to attend a CV writing workshop... in turn I submitted [my new resume] for a job application and I actually got that job in the end.”
Meanwhile a young Opus funds analyst, Sunil Ranu, says it was the YPP’s mentor program that saw him become a registered valuer because his mentor guided him through the process. “I strongly recommend to all you students out there that you take this opportunity with both hands and join today.”