During my final months of college I was applying to multiple degree apprenticeships in the technology industry but the process was proving difficult.
I had limited experience and there was an expectation to already have specialist knowledge and exposure to technology. However, British Land was different. They emphasised the apprenticeship was a starting point and an opportunity to gain a degree, whilst also gaining work-based experience.
I remember leaving the interview knowing that this apprenticeship was a golden opportunity and could be a jump-start to my career.
I am currently studying towards a BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology solutions and I am now in my final year of the British Land Digital Innovation’s Degree Apprenticeship. When I initially joined the programme, I was unsure of the career path I wanted to take within Information Technology. Through the different rotations in the technology departments, I have now decided to pursue a career in data analytics.
Upon my request the business was happy to accommodate me to sit with the Data Analytics team and facilitate any necessary extracurricular training outside of the university lecture room.
Within the workplace, everyone is willing to help and answer any questions you may have. The technical and non-technical skills I have learnt far exceeds my expectation and has given me the knowledge and ability to add value to British Land.
In my 2 and a half years with British Land, my career has progressed in a direction I would have never expected. Having worked in retail since the age of 16 I never imagined being able to progress in anything other than a shop floor role.
When I applied for the’ Retail Central Services Manager’ role at British Land, I found that my skills as a retail manager were recognised as transferable and the experience of being an occupier at one of British Lands assets, could bring a fresh perspective.
During the year I was in the role not only was I able to contribute to the retail team, but I was also given opportunities to experience many other parts of the business including working with the Group Technology team delivering Tech Projects. I found an interest in the ever evolving world of technology and wanted to get involved. Despite thinking that joining the tech team was out of my reach, I approached the Head Of Project Delivery and I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to join the team. To support my progression I was given the chance to gain my Diploma in Business Analysis, which gave me the right tools and skills for my new role. Since then I have gained my Associate Developer certification in Dell Boomi integration and I am currently learning a new coding language to develop myself further.
Not only have I been able to advance myself professionally, I have also been able to personally develop and feel part of a community thanks to all of the internal networks that British Land offer. About 6 months ago I joined the enaBLe committee that celebrates all abilities, raises awareness for disabilities in the work place and educates others on hidden disabilities. Until working for British Land I have never really found it appropriate to be open about my condition, Ulcerative Colitis, and that I have an Ileostomy Bag. I was instantly put at ease that not only did my colleagues want to hear my experience of a hidden illness but also, learn how we can make our workplace more comfortable for individuals in a similar situation. Being a part of the committee has offered me new experiences such as event planning, video editing and contributing to the strategy of the network.
From feeling like I was stuck in box within retail, to having a growing career in technology I have had the chance to work with some awesome people along the way who appreciate you for "Bringing your whole self", I can confidently say that a place where we all accept each other is a place I want to be!
I joined British Land as part of the Commercial Property Graduate Scheme in 2017 after graduating from Reading University having completed an MSc in Real Estate.
When I first joined British Land I had no idea which part of the property industry or business I wanted to pursue a career in. The graduate scheme was great as it allowed me to work across three very different departments – Property Management, Office Leasing and Retail Analysis – developing various skill sets and allowing me to explore different parts of the business. I started the graduate scheme in the Property Management team and was given real responsibility right from the word go, speaking directly with customers and being given my own portfolio of buildings to manage, all with the support of my team who were always on hand to help.
At the same time I was also studying for my APC in order to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor. I was given a lot of support during the two year scheme, from dedicated training, regular check-ins with my supervisor and when revising for the final exam, help from lots of other people across the business who were willing to give up their time to give advice and mock interviews. It was a great feeling when I passed my exams and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in November 2020!
During the graduate scheme I spent time in the Office Leasing team and decided that was where I wanted to pursue a career. I loved the variety of work and that it sat at the intersection of so many parts of the business. At the end of the scheme I was offered the opportunity to join the team where I am now a Leasing Manager focusing on our Storey portfolio. It has been great to return to the team and take on more responsibility while continuing to be given all the support I need to progress in this next stage of my career.
Asset Manager, British Land
“I first started at British Land in 2017 and have worked in property management, in operations delivering the flexible workspace product Storey, and I’ve just started as an asset manager, looking after Southgate in Bath and Drake Circus in Plymouth. British Land is great at recognising individual strengths – I have been supported with new opportunities and sponsored through professional qualifications, most recently my Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors qualification and I have had some great champions along the way.”
Customer Relationship Manager, Storey
Winner of the We Are The City’s 2021 Rising Star Award
“I spent the first 3.5 years of my time at British Land working at Broadgate, working with some great people and being involved in projects like the refurbishment of the Estate Management Office and the uniform roll out to over 500 employees as part of the Broadgate rebrand. I have since moved internally and I have worked as Customer Relationship Manager at Storey for the last six months. The opportunity to grow and develop within British Land has been a whirlwind and I’m lucky that throughout my time at British Land I’ve had great managers, worked with nice people, and our fantastic HR team have always supported and encouraged me.”
Assistant Property Manager
“During my Career Ready internship, I got to expand my network and envision a career working for British Land. After leaving university my Career Ready mentor, the Paddington Central Estate Director, informed me of an opportunity at British Land. I was eager to apply for this role and was successful in becoming an Assistant Property Manager at Regent’s Place. The team on Campus is absolutely amazing and the support and opportunities I have been given, not only by the people on this Campus but from the wider business, have truly made me feel a part of the British Land family.”