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Jack Perry (BSc Building Surveying 2014)

Biography

I am currently a Graduate Building Surveyor at Capita Property and Infrastructure. I graduated from The University of Reading in 2014 and was lucky enough to have a guaranteed position at Capita on my departure. I developed an interest in the construction industry during sixth form with a particular passion for the issues of sustainability and environmentalism. During my university life I had to balance my studies with my sporting responsibilities, I was the Men’s Squad Captain of Reading University Boat Club (RUBC) for 2013-14 involving extensive training and management commitments.

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

I decided to study at the University of Reading because of its longstanding reputation as one of the best Universities in the UK for Construction Management studies. Other significant factors were the reputation for high performance rowing at RUBC, the multi-award winning campus facilities and Reading’s good transport links and close proximity to London.

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

The best bit about living and studying in Reading was being able to enjoy a varied university lifestyle. The high standard of education, extensive resources and facilities for a variety of extracurricular activates and a well equipped student union and close proximity to Reading town centre encouraging an active social life.

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

The most important thing about starting university life is the early realisation of priorities and the constant reinforcement of those priorities throughout the three years. Also, it’s important to get involved in extracurricular activates, a good sporting routine can help maintain a healthy mind and an effective schedule whilst also offering great social opportunities.

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

I am currently working in London as a graduate surveyor at a multi-national construction and real estate company. The range of modules offered by the university gave me an understanding that proved valuable when securing employment. My previous experience in the field and extracurricular engagements also made me stand out as a candidate during interviews.

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

Developing strong interpersonal and communication skills is of equal importance to academic knowhow. A good knowledge base can be greatly amplified by the ability to work well as part of a team and communicate professionally with clients and colleagues. These skills are also vital if you aspire to become professionally chartered.

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

The University of Reading and the Careers Centre offer a variety of support to students hoping to gain employment. I personally took advantage of the annual careers fares at the university, regular CV and cover letter workshops and lectures by industry professionals that were arranged by the university to inform students of potential career paths.

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

Firstly, in order to secure employment you have to start making applications early: employers know when an application hasn’t been given due care and attention. Secondly, read around the companies you apply to, and brush up on any current news in your chosen sector, you don’t know what may come up during the interview.

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

The University of Reading, to me, is where I developed an invaluable set of skills that I will utilise throughout my entire life, where I had the opportunity to pursue my greatest passions and where I made my closest friends. My fondest memories are of the weeks following final exams. When the rowers were at the height of training for Henley Royal Regatta, the campus bars and greens were bustling with jubilant students, and the soon-to-be post-graduates were enjoying their last few weeks as Reading University students, before heading out into the working world.

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