Having no previous experience in the field of property, I felt like I’d stumbled into the deep end of a swimming pool when I first started working at SAY. I had zilch idea what a lease was, let alone how to extend one! As I tried to find my feet, I found all the members of the SAY team excellent and reliable teachers who were always willing to help, however basic the query.

Sadly, my GCSE maths and AS level economics didn’t quite stretch to understanding roof-coving. But, through the stimulating resources I was given to read, such as the RICS 6th Edition of the Code of Measurements and the British Architectural Styles, an Easy Reference Guide, I achieved a much-improved understanding of British architecture and how style and state drastically affect the price of an estate.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at the company. In particular, it was really interesting to learn all about how a company like SAY works in the real world; how it connects with its clients and manages them so that they are all equally satisfied. To me, this seemed an amazing feat and shows the company does not just concentrate on the purely economic side of consulting. Instead, it sees the bigger picture by assuring that great relations are maintained with all property companies in London and the UK in general.  Furthermore, it amazed me that regardless of whether the morale in the office was high or, on the rare occasion, low, there was always a calm acceptance that getting work done early comes before everything. This includes, believe it or not, banana bread.

Overall, if I work at SAY again, I’d like to focus less on the smaller residential side and more on the larger scale offices, flats and apartment buildings the company deals with. When I originally arrived at the office, I was astounded by how substantial some of the clients SAY deals with are, such as Westfield Stratford, and the massive Kings Cross regeneration! These would intrigue me to work on, as when you work on buildings like these, you are directly affecting the way London grows as a cultural and economic capital by shaping the skyline.

Louis Sassoon