A case study: Studying and surveying; the best of both worlds – Tom, Apprentice Land Agent at Fox Bennet
Posted on: 3 March, 2017
Tom is currently an apprentice studying the Surveying Technician Diploma and working at Fox Bennet in Leicester as Apprentice Land Agent.
My parents are farmers so I’ve always had a love for the countryside and been interested in rural surveying. My original plan was to complete my A-levels and go on to University. Unfortunately, I didn’t do as well as I’d have liked in my results and so I started looking out for another option. I got in touch with the Partner at Fox Bennet, a local estate and lettings agency in Leicester, and after a chat, I started doing some work experience with them which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The Partner I had been speaking to told me about UCEM and asked me if I would like to do a sponsored apprenticeship through them. I was delighted and started studying the Surveying Technician Diploma, Real Estate Management pathway, in October 2016 and it’s been brilliant so far. I love that I can easily fit my study around the diverse range of activities that I get to do as part of my job. As part of the apprenticeship, I am given one day a week off as study leave. My employer is really flexible so I work two half days and study for two half days, it’s a really nice way of working. I also really enjoy the monthly training days in London that I attend as I get to meet other UCEM apprentices.
It took me a while to get used to blended learning but I much prefer it now and I think the Virtual Learning Environment is fantastic. I find that as long as I am disciplined with myself then I always have more than enough time to finish my studying during the week. I love being around people so being out and about with my job really suits me, I’m normally out once or twice a day meeting clients.
I recently spoke to one of my friends who told me that she is really jealous of what I’m doing as she’s gone to a traditional university with no idea about the career she wants to end up in. She thinks I’m really lucky that I’m getting a degree in something that I want to pursue whilst working in the industry I want to stay in. At UCEM you are taught how to act in the real world – it’s real life.
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