Property students and recent graduates provide details on a course they have completed/are currently undertaking, what value they feel it has had on their education, whether they would recommend it to others, and where they felt its key strengths and weaknesses were.
Name: Lachlan Crowl
Industry: Commercial Real Estate
Course: Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Property) - Western Sydney University
Experience: Positive (4.5/5)
I had a very positive experience with the UWS degree as I felt it provided me with a solid foundation and understanding of how the different aspects of the industry work. Friendships and relationships built with classmates and lecturers were core to my experience. The degree is also well connected to the industry and the quality of guest lecturers helped shape a really positive experience for me. The course could have potentially been improved through a review of academic content as I felt some of it was outdated, though this was the exception and not the standard. The degree’s core focus of valuation, property management, investment and development has given me confidence in my ability to excel in the industry. The knowledge, connections and skills gained places graduates in a strong position when entering the workforce, and there are a number of great graduate program opportunities available to students. I’ve found the learning experience doesn’t stop once the degree has been completed. Students should complement their formal study with mentoring and learning from the best operators in your chosen field - you may be surprised who is willing to support your career.
Name: Joshua Devitt
Industry: Raine & Horne | Commercial Sales & Leasing, Office Markets
Course: Property Economics degree – University of Technology, Sydney
Experience: Partially Positive (4/5)
During my time at UTS, I found the lecturers and tutorials exceedingly insightful, specifically practical industry knowledge, as many of the lecturers were employed in the industry and were able to provide day-to-day scenarios on what we may be faced with and how to implement this knowledge into daily practice. The requirement to obtain industry experience and exposure prior to the completion of the degree was a key strength, in addition to the specialist knowledge and a high level of exposure to the industry. Implementing industry knowledge is a key focus of the Property Economics degree which is highly beneficial to an individual’s development and competency. The flexibility of study times and arrangements was also useful, along with the willingness of lecturers to assist students with their professional development. While at UTS, I also commenced a Certificate III & IV in Property Services, and found myself involved in a variety of employment fields ranging from residential sales and leasing, to property finance, plus administration and service related positions. Working with small to medium sized agencies to larger financial institutions, I developed practical industry experience I believe necessary for every successful young property professional to possess. I’ve found that several professionals in the field are more than willing to provide you with advice and/or tips when considering a future in a field over a cup of coffee. You may even get a position out of it!
Name: Shae Ah Fook
Industry: Property & Valuation
Course: Bachelor of Applied Science in Property & Valuation (Honours) Degree - RMIT University
Experience: Very positive (5/5)
My experience at RMIT was great for many reasons. The amount of help and resources available to students was a real strong point; the lecturers were very approachable and were always willing to make time to help. RMIT offered a lot of social events where it was very easy to network, make friends and have a good time, making it a welcoming and well balanced learning environment. There could be more flexibility with class times as sometimes having only one option can lead to clashes with schedules, though it is a heavy ask of lecturers who are already flat out. The university facilities provide you with everything you need to study. There is free Wi-Fi for students as well as access to libraries, multiple study rooms, and even cafes and leisure areas to clear your head when the study cramming becomes too much. This degree will provide me with the platform I need to excel in my chosen industry and will also open up a diverse network for myself as I am learning from the best and meeting new people all the time. I have recently received the Award on behalf of Melbourne Storm in making the NYC Academic Team of the Year and I couldn't have done it without the help of RMIT University.
Name: Matthew Paterson
Industry: Residential Development (Stockland)
Course: Bachelor of Property Economics and Development - The University of the Sunshine Coast
Experience: Very positive (5/5)
The degree at USC was very personal and friendly. The lecturers were always approachable and most lectures/tutorials were more like a group discussion rather than being spoken to like traditional universities. The whole process felt more inclusive. The lecturers had a broad range of professional experience and skill and drew upon this experience when teaching us. The degree provided me with extensive knowledge in the certain disciplines yet also showed me how to apply this knowledge practically not just theoretically. I would have liked to have seen more subjects dealing with development and feasibilities. At some times these courses (Property Economics and Development) can seem to be very heavily valuation-focused. I do feel competent in my chosen profession however; there are always facets to improve in. I trust that I am capable of advancing further in my career due to my education and background as I have already been recognised in my organisation and promoted within my first year of joining them. My education definitely gave me a strong foundation to build upon and further add to once I started my career. I recommend other students take the opportunity to socialise and network outside of your student circle – the people you meet during your degree will be the colleagues you work side by side with in the field and relationships are everything in this industry.
Name: Laura Zelesco
Industry: Property Development
Course: Bachelor of Commerce (Major Property Development and Valuation) - Curtin University
Experience: Very positive (5/5)
The teaching staff at Curtin University are first class. We have industry professionals and academics with years of notable experience, while the support and time the lecturers and tutors are willing to put in throughout your studies is excellent. We are fortunate to get multiple offers each semester from industry leaders for employment opportunities, allowing students to gain valuable experience while we complete our studies, while potentially having a job ready to walk into upon graduation. Curtin has strong industry relationships with many of the professional governing bodies such as the API,granting students the opportunity to attend free events to network and promote their personal brand to potential employers. The course could focus a little more on development as it does have a heavy focus on valuations, and it would also be great to have more recognised work experience time within your second year of study. It is fantastic that in our third year we are able to go out to valuation firms to complete 120 hours of recognised work practicum. This gives students the opportunity to prepare industry standard reports and get a feel for the expectations and day to day life of a valuer, and it is not unusual for students to be offered a position upon completion. Upon graduating, most students will already have employment, whether it be in from an internship, cadetship or a graduate opportunity.