Degree's practical work requirement leads to permanent role

16 September 2022 | News

Valuing her practical work experience in vacation time has helped Ella Bachop secure a full-time role.

The 2022 Bachelor of Land and Property Management graduate, who specialised in urban valuation, will be at Friday’s Graduation Celebration in the Christchurch Town Hall, where her success will be recognised.

She also had success with property firm Telfer Young from CBRE, joining in January to work within the residential team. 

This followed working for the same firm over her vacations.

"In hindsight, my practical work experience was essentially a rather long job interview," she said.

"I am grateful for the 12-week practical work component required by my degree as it allowed me to firstly ensure I enjoyed valuation as a career path, and secondly, the opportunity to gain a job straight out of university.

"I gained both administrative and residential valuation experience at Telfer Young Canterbury over a number of the university holidays."

She knew she wanted to study property from a young age and had always enjoyed attending open homes with her parents.

"To me, I found the different eras and features of homes intriguing, as well as what factors affected the price.

"But what sold me was when a family friend of mine, a valuer and past student of Lincoln, assured me that the industry is short of female valuers as it is commonly dominated by men. I knew a job opportunity at the end of my degree was going to be relatively high."

The advice proved to be prophetic for Ella.

She was also a recipient of the Māori and Pasifika Accommodation Scholarship, which was a "significant financial help".