Meet our graduates: Jack Moates, Development agency

Joined: January 2021

Current Placement: Development agency

Studied: Sport Management, Loughborough University / Real Estate MSc, University of Reading

Jack, tell us a bit about yourself

After completing my A-Levels at 18 I enjoyed five years as a professional rugby player at London Irish, Wasps and Jersey RFC. After rugby I went on to study a Sport Management degree at Loughborough University, followed by a Real Estate MSc at the University of Reading. I have always loved all things sport, and, for my sins, I am a passionate supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. Since starting at Cluttons I have also joined our cricket team that plays Tuesday evenings.

Why do you want to work in real estate?

Although I did not have any immediate family or friends in property, every surveyor I met loved their job and that really resonated with me. I admire the positive impact that real estate professionals can have on cities and communities through developing and improving local areas. Another reason I wanted to work in real estate is that it is a very sociable industry and I am hoping that I will be able to enjoy this side of the job more as we are coming out of lockdown.

What interests you the most?

I'd like to focus on improving and regenerating deprived or redundant urban areas. I am very grateful that I have been able to work on projects like this during my time in the Development team. Working with planners and architects to discover and unlock the optimal use of space for our clients is extremely interesting and varied.

Why did you apply for a role at Cluttons?

I'm at the start of my property career and I want to experience as many different specialisms within the industry as possible to see where I am best suited. I chose Cluttons because the graduate scheme is designed to do just that.

As well as this, the support and structure we receive through our APC is also a major benefit of being a graduate at Cluttons. Being a medium-sized company also appealed to me as we are large enough to be exposed to major clients and projects whilst still having a smaller company feel.

Do you have any advice for future applicants?

My advice would be to make sure you are as proactive as possible in terms of researching the company and understanding why the company would be a good fit for you and vice versa. I would also make sure you prove how enthusiastic you are about having a place on the graduate scheme.