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dealing with tenants and any issues
they may have. You will also need to
be good at managing budgets and have
the initiative to learn new legislation.
What's the route into the job?
You don't need any particular
qualifications, but you will generally
need customer service experience.
Voluntary or temporary work as a
housing assistant would be beneficial.
How much can I earn? Starting
salaries for assistant level are
around £21,000. Once you become
a housing manager, you can earn
between £30,000 and £43,000
- the private sector tends to pay
more than the public sector.

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Investment adviser

there is nothing but undeveloped
land - right through to assessing
the completed buildings.
What skills do I need? Surveyors
need to be strong negotiators and have
excellent knowledge of the property
market. You will also need to be a good
multitasker, as you may have several
clients and projects on the go at once.
If you choose to work in the
private sector, you may need to work
long hours, including weekends,
so flexibility is important.
What's the route into the job? The
starting point is as a trainee surveyor.
The most direct route is to have an
undergraduate or postgraduate degree
accredited by the Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors. A full list
of these is available on its website
(ricscourses.org). There are also
apprenticeship schemes, which last
two years and will give you associate
member status with RICS. More
information can be found on the

Chartered Surveyors Training Trust
website (see box, below right).
How much can I earn?
Starting salaries range from
£23,000 to £30,000, while the
average salary for an experienced
surveyor is around £46,000.

Housing manager
This role involves managing housing for
a charity, housing association or private
company. It is a highly interactive job,
with key tasks including conducting
tenant interviews, arranging rent
collection and inspecting properties.
You'll work with other professions,
such as social workers and estate
agents, and may also be responsible
for deciding where improvement funds
should be spent and working with the
contractors to ensure the work is done.
What skills do I need? The sheer
number of people you'll deal with
means communication skills are key.
You will need tact and sensitivity when

This highly varied role would see you
manage the investments people have in
property. Investment advisers help to
create strategies to get their clients the
best return on their investments. This
involves a good deal of coordination
with other teams, such as developers
and surveyors. Inspecting properties
is another part of the role.
What skills do I need? The
deadline-driven nature of this job
means you need to be a natural
multitasker. You'll also need
to be commercially aware and
have good numeracy skills.
What's the route into the job?
You'll start as a trainee adviser,
working with more senior people.
A degree in surveying does help,
but if you don't have one there
may be the opportunity to gain the
qualification once you are in the job.
How much can I earn? At trainee
level the starting salary is around
£23,000 but with experience this
rises quickly to £30,000 or more.
You will also earn commission.

FIND OUT MORE
C
 hartered Surveyors Training Trust
cstt.org.uk
National Careers Service
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
R
 oyal Institution of Chartered
Surveyors rics.org/uk
R
 oyal Town Planning Institute
rtpi.org.uk

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