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Qiang Wang (MSc Real Estate 2003)


I am working for a Hong Kong based property developer in the Chengdu office as Assistant Director for business development in Chengdu and other cities in Western China. I joined the company in 2007 after spending three years with a property consultancy company as the Valuation Manager.

I obtained my BEng in Civil Engineering from Zhejang University and my MSc in Real Estate from the University of Reading. I speak Chinese and English.

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

I studied civil engineering in China. After my graduation I found my preference was investment and finance part of the real estate business. I chose the University of Reading due to its reputation in surveying industry.

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

The JCR in the Hall was always the place I could relax, play snooker and watch the football after a long time reading. The kitchen shared with others was also a fun place to share ideas.

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

You must join the three days statistics and excel seminar before you start your course. It has benefited me through my whole career.

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

I am working for a property developer now in Chengdu, China. Under the company a mixed use development with the GFA of approximately 2.6 million square feet is currently under construction. I am also responsible for developing new opportunities in Western China.

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

Always be curious in the industry and be patient. Quality products come with endless trim and thorough understanding from users perspective.

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

One of the schoolmates who took the same course but one year senior introduced me to the job when I came back to China.

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

Good luck. Personally, I think it will be better to find a job in the emerging market and most helpful to build a career path after a few years in these countries especially if you can learn a different language. Surely there will be a lot of things to overcome homesickness with opportunities beyond your expectations. 

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

The University taught me a lot, not only the knowledge or skills, but also the way of learning, the way of living life. I still remember the field trips. Some visits and lectures given during the trip connected the knowledge and the real market. We were also very happy with the bonding function of the trip and enjoyed it very much.

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