Continually learning and developing your skills are fundamental parts of being a professional. That’s especially true according to Valuation and Advisory Services latest recruit, Brian Leong. Joining the business as an Assistant Surveyor, Brian arrives from the Lands Department as an Estate Surveying Graduate and is driven by professional development. Taking 5 minutes of his time, we catch-up to see how he’s settling in.
Brian, can you share a little bit about yourself?
I’ve lived my whole life in Hong Kong, but I was lucky enough to take part in half-year exchange programme between the Hong Kong and Manchester universities. It’s a great city but the weather was hard to adapt to.
I might not be the most stereotypical MMA fan, but I follow the UFC and love watching sport in general. There is something about the underdog story that I love; written off, overlooked and defying the odds to win. As a Liverpool fan, there is no better example than the 2005 Champions League final - amazing.
How long have you worked in real estate and how did you get involved?
I’m very much a student of the industry and my experience still a little green, and all based in Hong Kong. The international presence of Colliers is one of the factors that attracted me to apply for the job in the first place. The chance to be involved on projects in other countries and to understand different ways of working is very important to me. However, I think I have a good foundation in what I’ve done so far as I’m a graduate from the Lands Department which is valuable, especially as I see my long-term career in Hong Kong’s real estate sector.
I’ll add that I’m driven by CPD; I’m still studying for my Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). As technology advances the way we work, training and being connected to your industry body will help me remain current in the work I do.
What are you looking forward to the most working at Colliers?
The exposure of working with different asset types, projects, sectors and a mixture of private and public sector clients. The variety that this role brings is exciting and something that can really broaden my own skill set. I also think the culture within the company will enhance my workplace professionalism. There is also a lot more freedom (from my experience so far) to really express yourself and be creative, which has been supported by my team and is evident in my colleague’s work.
At this point, all I can do is apply myself to be the best I can. I have a great opportunity to develop my craft and contribute to a team that is growing exponentially. It sounds very simple, but if you want to be able to lead the industry you need to be able to learn and listen. And in my new team there are immense opportunities to accelerate success for our clients and for ourselves. This is truly enterprising and I’m excited to be a part of it.