My journey to property: Kit Lu, Graduate Project Manager
Why did you choose to work at TFT?
I chose to work at TFT as I wanted to work for a company that not only values greatly its employees, but also one that provides significant support both personally and professionally. In addition, TFT provides the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, but most of all, I like how approachable everyone at TFT is.
Would you recommend a career in this industry? If so, for which aspects?
I think a career in property and construction is a great industry in which to embark a career, especially for those who like variety as no two buildings or projects are ever the same. I also think there is wide range of professions to suit anyone, from architecture and design to surveying and property management, not to mention supporting services such as marketing etc.
Have you encountered any challenges during your career to date, and if so, how have you overcome them?
Originally, I started out as a Graduate Building Surveyor, but have since changed paths towards a project management role. Initially, I found this new role to be challenging, mainly as a result of the scale and complexity of the projects I began working on compared to previous experience I had. Moreover, there was a lot to the PM role of which I did not have any previous knowledge nor experience. I believe that I have since overcome this by undertaking additional reading and study around the subjects that I did not understand. I also never hesitated asking my TFT colleagues for help when I needed it, not only from the senior Project Managers but also from the wider team.
What are you most proud of to date in your career?
Whilst I am still at the beginning of my career, I am proud to have been a part of and contribute to a wide range of interesting and exciting projects so far during my time at TFT.
What would you like to see more and less of in the industry?
I would like to see the industry being promoted further in more schools as a viable career for young people of any background or gender to consider. It would be great to have a more diverse influx of talent entering the industry throughout the next decade.