A lot has changed in the six months since my last update (if you haven’t read that, give it a wee read here)! You no longer have to bring a brolly to shelter your pint while sitting outside at the pub, James Bond finally made his way back to the big screen and well… football didn’t come home.
There have been some big changes within Ashdown Phillips and the property industry as a whole. People have slowly got more comfortable coming out of their homes and back to the office bringing great energy and craic to the buildings we manage and I have met many more people in real life rather than via Teams. Whilst it hasn’t been an easy few months, I’ve found that I have really been able to progress in my role, taking on lots more responsibility for the assets I help oversee.
I have learnt how to create, manage and reconcile service charge budgets, taken on large sustainability projects within some of our properties and have built stronger relationships with clients and occupiers. Having been trusted with these extra responsibilities, I feel like I have really found my place in the Ashdown Phillips team and like I am gaining confidence in my role as a Surveyor. One thing that hasn’t changed in the last few months though is the freedom and flexibility of where I work, whether it be from home, the office, or a McDonalds on the M6 (other healthy food establishments are available).
Another aspect of the job I have really enjoyed is getting involved with some brilliant charity events, such as getting stuck into to the Tour de LandAid cycle challenge and completing a walking marathon (even if I did slightly delay the start time by getting on the wrong train to London… Oops). Not only have these been great ways to work off the pints and raise some money for a great cause, but also to mix with lots of members of the team that I wouldn’t normally meet through my day-to-day role. Overall, my first year at APP gets a big thumbs up from me, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to what the next year holds (bar my APC….).
Jack Leckey, Graduate Surveyor