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Working in property has always been on the cards for me, my dad was also an acquisitions manager so it’s been part of my life for as long as I can remember, but I never knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Choosing a career in property
I’ve always been interested in the impact buildings have on the world around them so after university I worked at an environmental planning consultancy. At first it seemed like the perfect fit, but over time I realised that it wasn’t giving me a lot of the things I was looking for. I wanted more variety in what I did day-to-day, to get out on site more and to actually see the developments I was working on being built.
Taking a chance on Co-op
It wasn’t until eight years later that I went against the advice of my friends and family and handed my notice in. At the time, I didn’t have another job to go to, which was scary, but I was at the point where I knew it was time to leave.
I did a number of jobs to get by before being offered a job supporting the Co-op’s business acquisition and London teams with their projects. I got a really good overview of what an acquisitions manager does which made me realise it was the job I had been looking for.
I started to take responsibility for my own projects and opened my first new stores last year. Over this time I also completed my Masters in Real Estate from the University of Reading, which has enabled me to learn the technical side of the job.
A job I love
At the beginning of this year I was offered a permanent job as an acquisitions manager. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here, but it gives me everything I was looking for – variety, working with lots of different people and the chance to see the stores I’ve bought open their doors to their communities. Working for the Co-op is a massive tick in the ethical box too.
Regional Acquisitions Manager