Colliers' 2020 graduate recruitment process sees non-cognate applicants included for the first time, in a move that it hopes will broaden its talent pool and help to increase diversity in the sector. 

To discuss the change, Sarah Jackman is joined by Colliers HR director Lydia Ings, who reflects on the firm's efforts to raise awareness of property as a career amongst school pupils and non-cognate graduates and what the expectations are for those applying to any of their schemes, as well as providing advice on how applicants – cognate or otherwise – can set themselves apart.



Shirley Waldron, surveyor at Delva Patman Redler LLP started her career as an architect, before developing a career in party wall surveying. In this latest episode of Bricks & Mortar, she reflects on how she made the change and her career highlight to date: acting as party wall surveyor for the Crossrail project. 

She tells Sarah Jackman what it's like to work on a major infrastructure project, what she learned during that time and how there is huge satisfaction to be derived from completing a qualification. She urges "anyone who is thinking of getting into the construction industry to learn a discipline and see it through ... so that you can hold your head up with your peers."

Charles Jones has opted for a unique career path and expects to become dual qualified with both the RICS and RTPI in May 2020. He admits that “it has been a challenge and I have had to invest in myself”, but sees no reason “why you have to choose. Why can’t you do both at the same time. Surely that would add more value to you as a professional and as an individual.”

In this episode of Bricks & Mortar he talks to Sarah Jackman about what made him pursue both qualifications, the knowledge he’s acquired along the way, how that applies in a professional context and the practical steps he’s taken to support him on that journey. He offers advice to those thinking about their pathway choices and gives his thoughts on how best to develop a career in the industry.

Jonathan Lonergan transitioned from a career in legal publishing to rights to light surveying and hasn't looked back. Which isn't surprising, since it's been a career that's afforded him immense variety, a broad client base and the ability to apply the law in a commercial context.

In this week's Bricks & Mortar, he tells Sarah Jackman how he made the move into the profession, why increasing numbers of people are honing in on it as a career and what sort of person the specialism is likely to suit.

Real estate supports a range of careers, facilitated by a number of RICS pathways. But how best to choose the pathway that's right for you? 

To answer that and other RICS pathway and competency questions, Sarah Jackman is joined by Jen Lemen - co-founder of Property Elite - for a look at the options available, which skill sets suit which pathway, and when to make decisions about the direction of future study. She also provides advice for those looking to change pathway.

Drawing on her own experience, she gives her top 5 tips for selecting a pathway and encourages listeners to "make it relevant to you now... you can adapt."

James Cannon - rugby union player for English Championship club Ealing Trailfinders and previously Wasps and Connaught Rugby - joins Sarah Jackman in the EG studio to discuss why real estate is the future career for him.

Conscious that his time as a rugby professional will, at some point end, Cannon has decided to pursue real estate as a profession after being introduced to it during his time at Wasps. To enable himself to study alongside his current commitments, he signed up to the MSc Real Estate programme at UCEM, which he anticipates that he’ll finish in 2020.

He discusses what attracts him to the industry, parallels between the real estate industry and rugby and what he hopes to get out of a future career.

Lionheart is an industry charity that provides support to RICS members and their families. That support covers both financial and emotional and can be both reactive and proactive.

To discuss the range of services that it offers to those in the industry, chief executive Davina Goodchild joins Sarah Jackman for the latest episode of Bricks & Mortar. 

She touches on mental health and wellbeing, the type of support available to members and why APC candidates and those in the early stages of their career might benefit from the service just as much as experienced professionals.

Break clauses detail the ability of either party to a lease to be able to terminate the agreement. But operating them is far from straightforward.

A substantial body of case law - built up over many years - governs their operation and continues to evolve. That case law imposes strict compliance with the conditions of the lease and, as a result, the potential for disputes is high.

To help guide listeners through the potential minefield is property litigator, Helena Davies, a partner at Brabners in Manchester. She joins Sarah Jackman to discuss the importance of the break clause to the commercial lease, the things that parties need to be aware of when drafting and how strict compliance with the conditions of the lease is crucial.

"Take control of your career, because no one else is going to do it for you” says Jo Owen, partner at law firm Proskauer and this week’s guest on Bricks & Mortar. She joins Sarah Jackman to look back on her career to date and to reflect on the things that have enabled her to develop it.

She discusses the value of a mentor, grasping opportunity, being proactive and building a professional network. She also considers how good clients can bring great joy to the working day and provide exposure to different experiences, which can help to expand your skill set. Ultimately though, “you have to find your passion. Your career is – hopefully – going to last for many years and you want to enjoy it.”

Climbing to the top of any profession will inevitably involve public speaking in some form, be it giving a talk, addressing large groups of colleagues or chairing an event. It can be a daunting prospect - particularly in the early stages of a career or if public speaking doesn't come naturally.

But there are ways of building up to chairing an event or delivering a key note speech at a conference. And who better to share his tips on mastering the art of public speaking than Damian Wild - Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at EG. He joins Sarah Jackman in the studio for this week's episode of Bricks & Mortar and covers everything from the use of a prop and jokes to dress code and preparation.

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