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How to Become an Estates Officer

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If you are a master at the art of negotiation and if you are blessed with a keen observation, a rewarding career choice that you may consider is to become an Estates officer.

Estates officers are people responsible for key management of land and property belonging to local councils and public bodies. Their primary job is to ensure that these properties are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively.

Job

As an estates officer, you are expected to perform various tasks such as:

  • Assessing the potential uses of property
  • Dealing with applications from tenants
  • Monitoring tenancy agreements
  • Maintenance of properties
  • Keeping check on the use of properties
  • Making decisions related to rents
  • Monitoring returns on investments
  • Negotiating with landowners and other interested parties about compulsory purchase or purchase by agreement
  • To attend meetings and liaising with other departments and officers
  • Completing reports, and carrying out financial and statistical analysis
  • Keeping abreast with changes in land management and environmental issues

Working hours and conditions

You usually work around 37 hours a week. You may have to work some evenings for committee work and meetings. There may be opportunities available for part-time work as well.

You are based in an office but your work involves a lot of travelling so as to attend meetings and to visit sites.

Remuneration Scheme

Your earnings may vary greatly depending upon your qualifications and nature of job.

 Starting level

£18,000 to £26,000 a year 

 Experienced officers

 £32,500 to around £35,000 a year 

Source: nationalcareersservice

To become an estates officer, you don’t need any specific qualifications. But it is advantageous to possess a degree in surveying or another related subject.

You may consider enrolling for one of the courses offered by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). For further information, you may refer to links given below:

To apply for distance learning accredited courses, you may refer to College of Estate Management

Once you have an RICS or The CIOB accredited degree, you may work towards chartered surveyor status by gaining further experience and assessment in the field.

To gain the status of a surveyor through The RICS, you are required to complete an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). It involves:

  • finding employment and completing at least two years' post graduate experience
  • a practical assessment and an interview

To qualify for the status of a surveyor through The CIOB, you need either two years' relevant experience or a CIOB examination pass.

To be an estates officer, it is vital that you demonstrate the following:

  • Proficiency in working with computers
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Impeccable communication skills
  • Good presentation and organizational skills
  • Tactics and diplomacy
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Observational skills so as to examine property, legal documents and statistics
  • Team working skills
  • Be able to work under pressure

Career Prospects

As an estate officer, you may find employment with both private as well as public sector. You may find opportunities to work with local authorities and organisations such as development corporations and health authorities.

After gaining some experience in the field, you may be able to assume the role of an estate manager or you may choose to specialise in a particular area. For fast progression up the career graph, it is advisable to work with larger organisations or in a huge department.

If you are a seeking a monetary satisfaction out of this job, it is extremely important that you possess the needed skills and traits of the profession.

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