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University of Westminster hosts successful Women in Property speed interviewing and networking event

Planning, Housing and Urban Design; Property and Construction 23 March 2016

People networking at tables

The University of Westminster hosted the fifth annual Women in Property (WiP) speed interviewing and networking event attended by Property and Construction students.

The event took place at the University’s Marylebone Campus, home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

The University welcomed some 20 delegates from WiP from a range of companies including Knight Frank, Iceni projects, Towergate Insurance, Hogan Lovells, Shimizu Corporation and Wiser Graduates.

The event was attended by 60 students, and was aimed to provide them with the chance to develop their confidence by having the opportunity to practice interview questions with industry professionals from the property sector. They could also gain invaluable feedback in a ‘speed-dating’ style set up with five minutes spent with each professional asking questions before moving to the next. Each student was able to practice with four different professionals. Recruitment professionals were on hand to provide group and individual CV advice to students.

Senior Architect Anna Sullivan, from multi-disciplinary design consultancy HTA Design LLP, said:

“It was very good to meet so many optimistic and enthusiastic people wanting to make preparations for their next job search, among them some first year students demonstrating an admirable level of commitment and forethought, and in talking to other volunteer interviewers we felt that all the students will do very well in their chosen fields.”

The evening concluded with networking over light refreshments where students were given the opportunity to speak with professionals considering the possibility for future opportunities for the right candidates.

The event was jointly arranged by Fiona Alfred, Chair of Women in Property (WiP) and Iram Sial, Careers Consultant for the University’s Career Development Centre. The members from WiP and volunteers came from a range of organisations including Tower 8, Montagu Evans, Currell, Barton Willmore, Iceni Projects, Carter Lemon Camerson LLP, Howard Kennedy, Knight Frank, Trower & Hamlin, Hogan Lovells, The Packer Partnership, Towergate Insurance, Pinnacle PSG, HTA Design, Shimizu Corporation, Wiser Graduates and EDF.

The Department of Property and Construction at the University of Westminster offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate level such as Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc Honours, Real Estate BSc Honours, and Building Surveying BSc Honours. At postgraduate level we offer degrees in Building Information Management MSc and Construction Project Management MSc to name but a few.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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