Robert Jones

Profile

Robert Jones

Programme

MSc Rural Estate Management

Employment

Graduate Surveyor, Fisher German

I studied the MSc in Rural Estate Management at the RAU. I had been working in London for around four years previously, and I was looking to refocus my career. I have always been interested and passionate about the countryside, and decided to direct my career and learning.

Friends of mine have attended the RAU over the years and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a result, it was my first port of call for possible courses. I was attracted to the MSc Rural Estate Management course due to the diverse and interesting syllabus which covers a wide range of subjects. The University and the course had a very good reputation, particularly in relation to future employment. I was confident this was the right course for me.

The MSc Rural Estate Management course is designed and built to prepare students for life as a chartered surveyor.

My year at the RAU has been absolutely brilliant. Everyone at the university, students and lecturers alike, are all very friendly and welcoming. Coming to the University as a more mature student I was a little apprehensive; but I needn’t have worried. I settled in within a matter of hours and was soon looking forward to the year ahead. Whilst the course is intense, with a lot of information to take in, it is well managed and delivered by the lecturers. If you ever had a problem with coursework or something you didn’t understand, the teaching staff make time for you.

The MSc Rural Estate Management course is designed and built to prepare students for life as a chartered surveyor. The ‘Milk Round’ of presentations towards the end of the first term are excellent, and make the job application process much less daunting. Being able to listen and speak to potential employers and see what they have to offer before applying, is a real benefit.

I am starting work for Fisher German in Chester as a Graduate Surveyor in September. From there, I will go on and complete my APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) to become a chartered surveyor, and I hope to complete my CAAV (Central Association of Agricultural Valuers) exams around the same time.