BLOG: Growing as a graduate with Deeley

By Ksenia Mironenko, Development Graduate

I’ve always been passionate about the built environment and particularly enjoy the business aspects of property, so when the opening came up to join the Deeley Group as a graduate I knew it was a great opportunity to make my mark in the industry.

I completed a Business and Economics undergraduate degree at a business school in London and then a postgraduate degree in International Real Estate at Bartlett School, UCL.

Ahead of coming to London, I had actually considered studying architecture. But I think I wanted to do something more entrepreneurial, so taking the development route into property seemed perfect for me.

After graduation, you spend days searching for graduate positions online and sifting through what might be the right fit.

The job description for the position at Deeley jumped off the page. I knew straight away that I would get to build broad experience in the role and it wouldn’t be so ‘limited’ as other positions.

While some graduate roles see you focused primarily on land search or valuations, the position at Deeley encompassed quantity surveying, urban planning, construction, finance, marketing, project management and even site visits, Covid permitting!

I’m now five months in to my Deeley career and I already feel like I’m developing a well-rounded skill set.

Real estate development is a complex, lengthy and risky process and to be successful it’s crucial to have an understanding of the whole process and that is what I’m looking to build in these first two years.

While residential is my main interest, I get the chance to be involved in large scale commercial, retail, healthcare and affordable living projects.

With the Deeley Group being an SME, I’m also presented with the chance to learn off individuals with vast industry experience.

On a regular day sitting in the office with development manager Dean Weldon and joint managing director Eleanor Deeley, you learn a lot.

There aren’t many graduates out there that get the chance to learn directly from someone who has achieved as much as Eleanor has – whether that be on how to conduct yourself, or tips and tricks on how to tackle certain issues.

Being able to work closely with estimators, architects, site managers and engineers has been very valuable and I’m thankful for their support and time they take to explain whenever needed.

Their experience has given me a broader understanding of what clients want and how we can support them to achieve their goals.

I’m keen to help out wherever I can in the business and looking forward to soon leading on smaller projects of my own. I’ve definitely got the property bug!

Some days I spend hours searching for land, finding opportunities, and identifying villages which might be primed for development.

The next step will be to get my professional RICS accreditation, which I have now enrolled in, and ticking off the various proficiencies to achieve that.

Property is still a people business and building close connections with people is important. I’ve been attending several networking events to help build up my contact list.

I’ve had a lot of opportunities to put what I have learned in my university studies into practice.

I’m really enjoying my time here, I enjoy coming into the office every day and working with my colleagues to overcome different challenges.

I feel like Deeley is the perfect place to learn and start a career in property.