Patrick studied BA Economics from 2013 to 2016 and MSc Real Estate Asset Management from 2016 to 2017. He is now working in London as a commercial surveyor for CBRE, a real estate services and investment firm.
On choosing Manchester
The University of Manchester is one of the only Russell Group Universities to offer a real estate master’s course.
As most of the big real estate companies have offices in Manchester I felt I could gain good work experience whilst studying.
Manchester is also growing at a rapid rate and I enjoyed the social scene.
On how the courses supported my career path
Real estate management seemed like a good follow on from my economics degree and a career where you are not always behind a desk.
Real estate is highly dependent on the economy, and my undergraduate course has given me a good understanding of how the economy can be a real driver of real estate value.
Completing my master’s enabled me to sit my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence to become qualified as a chartered surveyor.
The course gave me a good grounding to enter the real estate industry.
I felt far more equipped starting the graduate scheme than when I previously interned before starting the course.
On my advice for aspiring students
I would emphasis gaining relevant work experience whilst completing the master’s course.
It will help you understand how the real estate industry works in practice and also improve your chances of success with graduate schemes.