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Prepare, Prepare, Prepare - Securing a career in Real Estate

We have always been told that success in the real estate world is down to "location, location, location". Yet for students aspiring to join the profession a more important mantra is "prepare, prepare, prepare". Competition for property related jobs in the UK, and the world, appears to be higher than ever. Too many students are embarking upon real estate programmes and there are too few jobs available. Simple supply and demand tells us it is a buyer's market and to secure a graduate role you have to be... Read More >

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