Inspiring the next generation of property people

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The Property industry needs good leaders to pave the way for newcomers and help them build connections, it’s how I got where I am today. I am currently a National Acquisitions Manager for Co-op Property and one of the best parts of my job is to lead a strong team of people working together to provide a service of the highest standards.

“There is a joy in opening new doors for young people, helping them build connections and inspiring them to look deeper into all their options in the property world.”

In April, I’ll be heading to Whalley Range High School to talk to the pupils about their career options and tell them all about the world of property. These school visits are something I greatly enjoy. Not only is it the right thing to do as a professional in my field, but it also gives me the opportunity to hopefully inspire the next generation of chartered surveyors.

A personality for property

At the age of 16 I had no idea I could end up forging a career in property. That was until I took a Psychometric personality test at school. The test told me that I would be suited to a career in town planning and have many traits of a Quantity Surveyor, despite not being a particularly talented mathematician.

Following on from that I took part in a two-week work experience placement at Redrow Homes. It was then that I decided I wanted to venture further into the property world. I instantly fell in love with this environment and the rest is history. After 15 years working as a Commercial Property Chartered Surveyor in private practice and 9 years working for Co-op Property I can say that I still love my job.

Another aspect of my working life which I really enjoy is being an APC assessor (Assessment of Professional Competence) and mentor to graduate surveyors as they work towards their RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) qualification.

Giving back to build the future

Despite its reputation as a male-dominated environment, I would always encourage people to be open minded and explain how working in property is more accessible and relatable than they might think, regardless of gender. As consumers, we wouldn’t be able to go to the places we like to shop or visit without the teams of engineers, property experts and people in construction who helped bring those places to life.

Zoe Mills
National Acquisitions Manager