Job roles in the property industry are often underestimated to those that are not in the know. Many would assume that a ‘job in property’ refers to an estate agent or something relating to construction. But in reality, the roles in this industry are varied and extensive. It is a dynamic and interesting space, which offers something for everyone.
So what kind of jobs are available to those looking to working in the property industry? And what do they entail?
Property management jobs
Primarily, the role of a property manager is to support the property owner. They help with all day to day administration and running of the property. This involves all duties relating to the management of tenants/leaseholders and maintenance of the property itself. For those looking to work in property management, a qualification from professional bodies like the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) is helpful. These qualifications provide essential knowledge around areas such as legal frameworks and health and safety. There is a great deal of variety in the role, which combines practical work with administrative work and working with people.
Building surveyor jobs
Roles in building surveying require a relatively high level of qualification, which is rewarded with a dynamic and varied career. On a topline level, building surveyors are responsible for ensuring the safety and sustainability of properties either during adaptation projects or during construction. Roles are typically available on a freelance basis, or with a project management company. Building surveyors typically work between the office and construction sites, allowing for variety in day to day life. Again, qualifications such as degrees or postgraduate courses, accredited by the RICS or The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) are essential. Roles are suited to detailed oriented and analytical minds who also have strong interpersonal skills, allowing them to work well in the large teams involved in construction.
Facilities management jobs
If you have a technical mind then facilities management may be the pathway for you. Facility managers primarily focus on the internal functions of the property such as boiler rooms and electrical systems. They also maintain the building internally and externally and ensure everything is health and safety compliant. Professional qualifications in facilities management include the BIFM, IWFM and health and safety qualifications such as NEBOSH or IOSH. With no one day being the same as the next this takes a proud and quick witted individual to take on this role.
Estate agent jobs
Of course, there is the ever-popular category of estate agent. Estate agents effectively act as brokers in the property-purchase process. They work with both buyers and owners, playing the role of the middle man. Day to day duties include enabling conversations between the two parties, presenting properties to buyers or renters, working with landlords and owners and more. This can be a demanding position, requiring some weekend and evening work, but this is well compensated. Estate agent jobs are well suited to people who enjoy variety and movement in their workdays. It is also essential to enjoy interacting with and helping people.
Whether you are looking to start your career in the property industry or seeking a career change, the breadth of property roles available means that there is something for everyone. So, once you’re qualified, give us a call!
Jackson Sims Recruitment is a property recruitment company operating in the UK and APAC region. Should you be a candidate or client working in property management we have a multitude of recruitment services that can be tailored to you. Please visit www.JacksonSimsRecruitment.com for more information.