International Women’s Day series 2023 – Hayley Campbell

What’s your favourite part of the graduate programme?

Meeting new people and of course our recent trip to Prague with the other European Graduates. While the property industry is perceived to be more male dominated, there were actually more female graduates than males!

Describe a typical day for you

I get the train to work (with my morning coffee) and start the day with my morning team meeting. Every day can be different. Some days I conduct market research, others are focused on client pitches or presentations and gathering rental comparisons. From time to time I go on site visits which I really enjoy.

What’s your five year career goal from now?

My goal is to become afully chartered surveyor. This requires passing my APC’s through the SCSI and the successful completion of the graduate programme. As part of the programme we will do department rotations to give us flavour of the different areas of property and to discover which area we like best.

What was your dream job when you were a child?

I wanted to be a pilot or a military pilot. I remember when I was small watching a cartoon about a talking plane (I can’t remember the name of it!)

I did my TY experience with the Air Corps and deliberately chose physics for the Leaving Cert.

What made you pivot into property?

I guess I thought my chances of getting into the cadettes were low. I worked in retail fulltime for two years after school. My cousin had actually done the course I’m doing now which I guess peaked my interest! I absolutely love the graduate programme here and know I’ve made the right career choice.

What is the most important piece of advice you have been given? 

That no is a full sentence. You don’t have to justify everything to everyone.

What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers? 

Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. Believe that you deserve to be where you are.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It’s about encouraging women to get involved and support each other (whether that’s in the office or at home). To encourage young women and girls to be proud and strong!