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Laura Mosby

Career Path: Graduate Surveyor, Homes England
Location: Leeds, UK

I went to university wanting to achieve something and become something, no one from my family had ever gone to university so it was totally new to me but something I wanted to do to push my career. I've always been interested in property so when I saw the real estate course at Northumbria I knew it was a good way for me to get the knowledge needed to progress my career within property. In our course we could do a sandwich year in which I gained valuable experience with Knight Frank in the valuations team, it was a fantastic experience for me to not only put what I have learnt into context but also gain some great contacts within the property sector. When I graduated I took on a graduate position at network rail, working on their graduate scheme I was able to rotate around 6 key areas of their property team and I even spent six months with GVA in the development team.

What are you doing now?Laura Mosby

I am now working for Homes England within the land disposal team. Our job is to create more homes in better places. We're changing the face of house-building and really driving change across the sector. Currently I am working alongside a team to help with disposing of public sector land which can then be brought forward for development and can help create more homes.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

When I first visited the university I knew straight away it was the one for me. I loved the location, the city, the staff and all of the people were super friendly. Northumbria also has really good university statistics and was able to provide a sandwich course which I particularly wanted.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Within the real estate course it was not just all lectures and seminars. We had property professionals come in and provide presentations, we got to go out on-site and see houses being built, hotels transformed from derelict properties and we even got a trip down to London to speak to property professionals in London. The lecturers were always there to help and were always able to give constructive feedback and teach you how to improve, I found the help and assistance in final year particularly helpful and it was great to know you had the support and help if needed.

How connected was your course with industry?

We had a placement with our course which helped us put our learning and knowledge into context and it also helped achieve one year towards our APC. The course is accredited by the RICS which means you can then go on to become chartered.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

My work placement was valuable in gaining my graduate position at Network Rail, I was able to show I had great knowledge within the property sector and also started my graduate position in a  really strong place. It also really helped final year come together, my modules and assignments were a lot easier having completed work experience and I could use my contacts for my dissertation.

What was the best thing about your course?

The variety of learning, the hands on approach, site visits, key speakers, lots of professionals visiting and a wide range of modules.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

By studying at Northumbria I graduated in an RICS accredited course which meant I could go on to work towards my APC and become a Chartered Surveyor.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

 All time management skills.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Meeting so many different people and learning something new.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

The experience of university is a fantastic opportunity, make the most of your first year, join a club or take up a new sport. Most of all enjoy it, Newcastle is a fantastic place to live and Northumbria University is a fantastic place to study.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Eye-opening, informative, helpful

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