Josh, Estate Management Placement
My work placement from University was spent working on a rural estate on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Working as a 'trainee estate manager' I was involved in all aspects of the day to day management of the estate including but not limited to its sporting beats, castle tourism and camping, residential and commercial property and farming enterprises. My main projects whilst on placement were negotiating the transition of succession of an AHA '86 tenancy and undertaking photographic record of condition of the 150+ bridge structures spread out across the near 145,000 acre estate. Alongside this I negotiated new lease agreements and rent reviews for commercial units, let residential properties, assisted with livestock movements (getting dirty in the pen with the animals when required), beat on the estates in hand shoot, worked as a Gillie on the deer stalking beats and assisted with the management of an international sporting event. During my year I gained an invaluable insight into the management of an estate and also gained skills I use today in my career as a Surveyor in the utilities sector.