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    Hi guys,

    I am a 25 year old fully qualified geography teacher (4 years experience, 2 years qualified) at a secondary school in the UK. I am finding the job a little too stressful and the workload + worklife balance is just not sustainable for the rest of my life.

    With my geography degree and the flexibility of living at home, I have an opportunity to take a year or so out of work to pursuit a different career. With my Geography degree I have filtered it down into these two jobs.

    I have looked at two courses in Birmingham which are RTPI accredited and some courses which are RICS accredited in Leicester. I currently live in Leicester and so the that course is pulling me closer.

    The courses are:

    For planning:
    Birmingham uni - MA in Planning Built and Natural Environments* /(http://www.bcu.ac.uk/built-environme...nvironments-ma)

    Birmingham City - MSc in Urban and Regional Planning (http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgrad...-planning.aspx)


    For surveyincg:

    Leicester uni - MSc - Geographical Information Science (with Industry) https://le.ac.uk/courses/geographica...on-science-msc

    List of other courses
    http://www.ricscourses.org/Course/#E...ent=University of Leicester/

    Now I was originally leaning towards planning however after reading a few threads on here (dated in 2010 though), it has really put me off. IT sounds incredibly difficult to get jobs? Is surveying similar or are there more jobs? Would the courses I have looked at be appropriate? Would anyone recommend one over the other? Am I making a mistake by going into either of these two roles?

    Now this forum seems a little dead so i'm unsure if i'll get any replies.
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    Well, the job market for surveyors (and planners to some extent) tends to vary with the state of the property market. This year things are tightening in real estate although, according to employers we talk to, planning jobs are quite buoyant. Despite the tendency towards 'planner bashing' by the current government, I would still say that it and surveying provide quite varied and interesting career opportunities. The standard statement is that 'no two days are the same'.

    With regard to your local options, I would have to say that Birmingham City is a much more established planning/surveying department than Leicester's. The Leicester courses appear quite specialist whereas Birmingham will offer both specialist and core planning / surveying options.

    Hope that this helps a bit.

    Joe Doak,
    UG Admissions Tutor,
    Real Estate and Planning,
    University of Reading
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    Wants a less stressful job with less hours so lets joins the construction industry said no one ever lol!
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    Well just thought I'd come back and update this thread. Managed to get a job for a commercial property company as a general practice surveyor. Really loving my job, nice mix of being out the office and in. Stress levels have gone right down and I actually have the afternoons and weekends to myself again!

    For those wondering how I got my job. I had, just emailed lots of companies some questions about their careers and was invited to an interview. Everything fell into place afterwards.

    Only 2 weeks in so lots to learn but glad I've done it.
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    Congratulations! My son is thinking about doing the Real Estate degree and becoming a chartered surveyor. There isn't much info out there and his school had never heard of it! Hopefully it wasn't too hard to get a job at then end of your course.
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    I never joined a course, I just landed a job as they are giving me on the job training. There is a route yiu can take if you have 5 years work experience. That is what I plan to do
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    (Original post by tc-j)
    Congratulations! My son is thinking about doing the Real Estate degree and becoming a chartered surveyor. There isn't much info out there and his school had never heard of it! Hopefully it wasn't too hard to get a job at then end of your course.
    Just to update you on some info on this: University of Reading are launching a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called 'Pathways to Property' later this year which will introduce 14-18 year olds to the world of real estate and planning. Check-out the Futurelearn web pages from July onwards in order to 'enrol' on the course.
 
 
 
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