Why did you join CoStar?
I worked as a residential valuer for an Estate Agent for 5 years and although I loved my job there weren't many career prospects. My friend (who is a commercial agent) suggested that I contact CoStar which would help me gain valuable commercial real estate experience.
What's the highlight of your experience to date?
There are few of them. Firstly I won "Quality Champion" title and shortly afterwards was promoted to the Quality Assurance team. Another highlight was getting a bonus allowing me to buy my first Mulberry handbag!
I hear you are moving to the U.S. Is this true?
Yes. I'm moving to our head office in Washington DC on an exchange programme for 12-18 months. It's an amazing opportunity to learn, travel and immerse myself in a different culture.
What will you do there?
Initially I'll be learning about American Commercial Real Estate. I'll be attending courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston before moving to Washington. I will be working in the Research Department to begin with, then into placements in other departments such as sales and analytics. This will be a fantastic learning opportunity which should help me advance in my career at CoStar.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in working for CoStar?
A basic understanding of commercial property would be a great start but that's not the be all and end all - we have an excellent training programme with ongoing coaching and development throughout your time with CoStar. A great work ethic and positive attitude are just as important. Also a willingness to learn is something that will stand you in good stead.