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H Nigel Pickering (BSc Estate Management 1977)


Whilst qualifying, I worked as resident under factor in Aberdeenshire on a large estate, managing also other properties from the estate office. In 1980 (after RICS) I moved to Smiths Gore (Darlington office) as an Asst'. Then in 1982 to another resident sub-agency in Northants & S Warks, and from there to Fisher Hoggarth (Kendal office - now part of Carter Jonas) and completed also my CAAV qualifications. I left Land Agency to trade fish, game and poultry around the Lake District area turning a small business around from major losses to small profits.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

The alternatives then were Cambridge (recommended against by a Cambridge man), Aberdeen in its 1st year, the RAC or Reading. Reading was then pre-eminent.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Friends (and colleagues) for life; there and at Oxford OTC. Living "in" permitted more study and leisure time. Sporting opportunities at and outside the University.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Work and play hard - both will lead to satisfaction. Continue to study for all of your life.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

Having sold the business in 1994 I then went self-employed deerstalking, taking paying guests. I had already been national Treasurer, vice-chairman England & Wales and Training Committee chairman of the British Deer Society, a registered animal welfare charity over the previous years. I remain a landowner, member of Lloyds of London, a committed and proud Freemason, husband and Father.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Find an area of work which interests you and specialise in that sphere of work.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

The university gave me friends; the career service did not then exist.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Apply early to people or firms working in your preferred area of activity

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

Pleasant memories - and unmentionable activities within and outside the University! I was serious about my professionalism. Honesty then and now remain key to success.



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