1. Why did you decide to apply for the All-Star Graduates programme at Colliers?
I believe that the All-Star Graduates programme would serve as a valuable bridge between university and working life. Besides getting the support and skills needed to build my confidence, I want to learn from some of the best people in the industry and obtain feedback to further improve myself.
Most importantly, due to my heavy involvement in extracurricular activities back in school, I felt that I have not had sufficient exposure to all aspects of the real estate business through summer or part-time internships. As such, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to narrow down my areas of interest before choosing a final career path within the company, while simultaneously acquire fundamental experience in relevant departments and understand how each department functions and collaborates with one another.
2. Which aspect(s) of the job do you enjoy the most and why?
I enjoy learning about the collective sale process and the fact that it requires a great amount of time and team effort for every project to come to fruition. With actual involvement in such projects - as opposed to only reading about the en-bloc fever in the newspapers - I came to better understand this challenging yet interesting process, be it from liaising with key stakeholders such as the collective sale committee and appointed lawyers, addressing property owners’ concerns in order to obtain the requisite consensus to launch the sale tender, to arriving at an attractive price and proposal to successfully find a buyer for the site.
3. Tell us about some of the key learnings?
Some of the key takeaways that I have garnered from working at Colliers include a more in-depth understanding of industry terminologies and new innovations, as well as the various steps involved in collective sale, auction, project management and commercial leasing. In addition, I learnt the ways of working more effectively with internal stakeholders, including having a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each department and sub-division. Among others, I also had the chance to be attached with a senior broker to conduct viewings for clients, which has helped me to learn more about clients’ requirements and the common practices of commercial leasing in today’s industry.
4. What are your career goals and how do you think Colliers can help you achieve them?
At present and in the near future, I hope to further expand my knowledge and industry experience through involvement and participation in a variety of real-world projects, with opportunities to work with different stakeholders and clients. At the same time, I would like to build stronger relationships with my peers and broaden my professional network by attending more networking events and interacting with industry professionals. Apart from keeping myself updated with the latest industry trends and practices, eventually, I hope to gain the confidence and competency to take on more challenging tasks or roles and move on to a management position within five or six years.
5. Share with us a little-known fact about yourself?
I used to do fencing as a sport at junior college. Out of the three types of weapons, I chose to practise Épée — in which any part of an opponent’s body, from toe to mask, will be a valid target. After over a year of training, I had the opportunity to compete in the National Inter-School Fencing Championship. Together with the team, we emerged as the champion of the year for Women’s Épée. Sadly, it has been many years since I last touched my blade; but I still have the full equipment, hoping to join recreational fencing one day.