For some years now, the Land Economy Department has run a very successful Mentoring programme for the MPhil Real Estate Finance students, and has extend this successful programme to all the MPhil programmes and to Land Economy Tripos students from October 2011. Since last year, we are also including our doctoral students. The Mentoring programme is supported by the Cambridge University Land Society (CULS) and the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board (CLEAB - www.cleab.org).
The aim of the mentoring scheme is to provide students with a point of contact within the property business and associated markets: UK firms and firms with international offices/activities and individuals with international experience are particularly welcome. We are looking for practitioners in property, planning, environmental policy, law and other areas of land economy who can provide:
- information on the structure and organisation of the industry and professions, and insights into specialist areas of activity within the market;
- general advice on employment prospects and the nature of work in the industry. The Scheme is not intended to be a mechanism for finding jobs for the student but many will be able to benefit from the mentors’ advice and experience;
- updates on the state of the market and developments in the property industry and related professions and key changes in prospect;
- suggestions on possible research topics for dissertations and/or help in identifying and accessing data sources relevant to land economy;
- general support and advice on business matters and the working environment.
The scheme is particularly useful for those students with limited prior knowledge and experience of business and the property professions and complements the education they receive here at Cambridge. A valuable contribution will be to help students understand which areas of activity in real estate and the built environment they may want to specialise in and, therefore, what type of organisation, company or fund may suit them and what additional professional qualifications or knowledge would enhance their career prospects.
Students may also benefit from assistance with research topics and data provision. The mentor should not direct the student to a particular topic, but can provide guidance on current areas of interest in the industry or suggest avenues whereby the student might obtain relevant information – this might be data sources, contacts for interviews and similar assistance.
Mentees will be allocated to mentors taking account of expressed wishes and areas of expertise (although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests and preferences, given the profile of the cohort and of those wishing to participate in the mentoring scheme). The amount of contact and the nature of the interaction between mentor and mentee will vary and be agreed between them – we would however expect a minimum of three meetings but do not want to be prescriptive.
The property industry is an open, social and altruistic industry and this is a small, but rewarding way for those in the industry to support and nurture those who are embarking on their careers in it. Should you be interested in participating, please fill in the Mentors form. For any other enquiries please contact Mrs Gordana Adamceska-Halson on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would particularly like to hear from potential mentors with international expertise or interests but all skills and specialisms welcome!
Dominic Reilly, President CULS