#GradStories Mark Fitzpatrick, Chartered Surveyor, Cushman & Wakefield

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What is your name, job title and employer?

My name is Mark Fitzpatrick, I am a chartered surveyor and I work for a Cushman & Wakefield

What are the main tasks you do in your job in a normal week?

It's a great industry to be involved in the property sector. You can work on a range of different property types anything from offices to logistical facilites, to hotels and shopping centres. It's really great because no matter what you’re interested in, there's something there for everyone.

What skills do you need to be successful in your role?

In terms of skills that you need in the property sector, the great thing about it being very diverse is that you can come from any type of background. You could be analytical, you could be a people person, it depends if you want to work in valuations then that's very kind of numbers and models based. In terms of skills that I need to be good at my job my, communication skills need to be great. We're constantly dealing with clients on a daily basis whether that's through email, on the phone or out on-site. Other skills that you require on the job is time management. You have to manage your diary. You could have a number of appointments or inspections, so you really need to be good at those two things I suppose.

What do you love about your job?

What I love most about my job is that no two days are the same. I know that's a cliché however it really is true in the property sector. One day you could be down in Dublin city centre valuing a great office building with a great tenant, the next day you could be regionally in Galway and you could be looking at a field or a development land. So I suppose the diverse nature, the clients and the social side of the property industry is great as well.

How did you get into your job?

I used to watch homes under the hammer whenever I was younger, and I always wanted to be a developer and have my own company. I went to college in Liverpool John Moores University studying a higher national diploma. First of all, that allowed me to gain entry into a degree course where I studied a bachelor’s in science for real estate management. There was a grad fair in Jordan's town at the time. I turned up and there was a number of companies that were there on the day. I actually put my name on a list and I got contacted and forwarded my CV. There was an interview process, got the job luckily and here I am four and a half years later qualified as a chartered surveyor.

What is the number one skill students should develop if interested in this career?

What I would do different if I was back in college knowing that I was going to end up in the property sector is I'd certainly focus on my valuation skills probably a bit more. Valuations is the essence of everything that you do in property. It's the basis of all of your knowledge and experience going forward. Most property courses will have a valuation module and if I went back I'd probably say I’d pay a bit more attention in that class.

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