Fifty-four graduates have taken the first steps of their real estate careers as they embark on Cushman & Wakefield’s two-year graduate programme.
The graduates spent their first week being welcomed to the firm by Chief Executive John Forrester and Head of UK and Ireland, Colin Wilson, before embarking on a packed schedule of talks, workshops and activities.
They also met their Assessment of Professional Competence counsellors, introduced themselves to the Board of Directors over a networking lunch and went on a site visit to Europe’s newest technology innovation centre: Here East in London’s Stratford.
After a busy four days, the graduates enjoyed a well-earned activity day: an It’s a Knockout-style challenge at Allianz Park – the home of rugby team Saracens – in north London. Colin Wilson, Head of UK & Ireland at Cushman & Wakefield, said: ““We’re very pleased to have taken on another substantial intake of talented and enthusiastic new graduates this year. This reflects our firm’s positive view of the long-term prospects for the property sector throughout the UK as well as recognising the importance of a well-resourced and diverse talent pipeline.”
Kirsty Bannerman, Early Career Development Manager at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Our graduate programme is well established as one of the key methods by which we attract and develop the brightest young talent. Each graduate will be taking on responsibility for their own work, with appropriate support, and be given the chance to make an active contribution from an early stage. We look forward to supporting their progress.”
Over the coming two years, commercial pathway graduates will undertake three eight-month rotations across the UK and Ireland business, which might include external secondments or a posting abroad. Those opting for Planning, Residential, Project Management, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying or Interior Design, will stay with the same team for the full two years but work with a variety of colleagues to get a full understanding of their chosen career path.