My journey to property: Jennifer Hobart, Senior Building Surveyor
Here we speak to Jennifer Hobart, Senior Building Surveyor, to learn a bit about her journey to TFT and why she encourages more women to fight stereotypes and continue pushing boundaries.
How did you get into the industry and your role?
I went down the standard route of applying to university as an encouraged next step after 6th form but very quickly realised I did not enjoy studying Classics as much I thought I might. As a result, I dropped out and went home. However, I’d always found the architectural part of Classics interesting and somehow found a very tenuous link to surveying.
Surveying as a career seemed to fit with how I saw my work- life going. I didn’t always want to be in the office so getting out and about to see buildings sounded interesting. Though I was quite disappointed when I found out that using the tripods you see on the sides of roads would not be part of the job!
Have you come across any particular challenges within it?
Not really. Though I do recall being told early on that this might not be the career for me… Luckily, I’m stubborn and it spurred me on!
Do you have any advice to give people who don’t know too much about it/who are considering going into the industry?
Do your research and ask current professionals about the job – there are so many directions you can go in. When I first started at university, I only really envisaged surveying houses for homebuyers, it didn’t even occur to me that there were commercial routes, valuation, general practice etc. Make sure the university you apply to is RICS accredited.
Lastly, always have your phone on your person on site, you never know when you might accidentally lock yourself in a cupboard!