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60 SECONDS WITH ED HARROWSMITH
For this edition of the newsletter, we caught up with Edward Harrowsmith, Director of Syndicated Property Investment at Helmsley Group. We spoke to Ed to  nd out more about how he got into the industry and what he enjoys doing in his spare time.
Q: How did you get into Property/ Chartered Surveying?
A: “I went to uni to study politics, but I never had my sights set on being a politician. My dad was a solicitor and told me to steer clear of the legal profession, so I was at a bit of a loss for what to do.”
“I had a few older friends who worked as property surveyors and from what
I’d heard them say, the role seemed to match my skill-set. I applied to She eld
for my Master’s degree in property and I’ve never looked back.”
Q: What does a typical working day look like for you?
A: “It sounds a cliché, but no day is ever the same, which
is part of the reason that I got into the industry in the  rst place. The job is really
varied, meaning that I deal with all sorts of properties, whether acquiring or asset
managing.”
Q: What’s your favourite thing about your job?
A: “Probably the amount of new people that I get to meet and build a rapport with. There’s also nothing quite like the buzz that you get when you secure a deal that you’ve been working on for a long time.”
Q: What has been a career highlight for you so far?
A: “Personally, I think getting quali ed as a chartered surveyor was a real milestone. When I accepted my graduate job at Knight Frank I was working full time, doing a two-year part-time Master’s and had my professional exams, all at the same time. “It was the hardest two years of my life, but it all paid o  in the end.”
Q: How do you relax outside of work?
A: “My weekends used to be taken up doing what younger people do: going out, playing rugby and travelling. Now that I am dad to two young children and a Labrador, my weekends have stopped being relaxing – which I suppose is a sign of my age!”
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