Chartered Surveyor

What do you do for a living?

I am a rural practice Chartered Surveyor dealing with country houses, farms and estates in Scotland.  I advise clients on the sale, purchase and management of all types of rural property, with a particular specialism in the valuation of these property types for banks, tax and expert witness purposes.

How did you get interested in what you do?

My father was a Chartered Surveyor specialising in rural property.  There was little advice available when I chose my career, but I had seen what it was like but accompanying my dad at times.

What was your journey to reach the role you are in today?

After completing a degree in Physical Geography (4 years), I completed a conversion course (Master of Land Economy) at the University of Aberdeen (1 year), which allowed me to register with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a trainee.  Once employed,  I trained for two years and at the end sat my Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Talk us through a day in your life 

Much of my regular work is based on carrying out valuations. Estate valuations involve inspecting the estate (houses, buildings and land). Once inspected, the office work involves all necessary due diligence, to check there are no issues that might impact on the value of the estate, plus the gathering and analysis of similar sold properties to utilise as comparable evidence, which are then all brought together to form opinions on the value.
Most valuations require written reports.
Consultancy and management work can involve advice on any rural property matter, but often this includes farm tenancy advice (mainly rent reviews and setting up new tenancies); rural businesses and development; and increasingly advice on renewable energy schemes.

Was this your planned career when you were 18?

Yes

What did your parents want you to do?

They were happy for me to do what ever I wanted.

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

This can be a varied career, which can take you into a number of property related specialist areas and often involves property types and scenarios that you
have not experienced in the past.

What other career directions could you go in?

The background gives you a skill set capable of taking you into any rural based business.