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Interview with a Professional in Property & Construction: Lorna Devane-Porter, Associate Director, CBRE

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What was your first job?

A hairdresser’s assistant at 13!

Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role, if not, what did you want to be doing?

I did an undergrad course in Business Property Management and therefore knew, at some point, I would be working within the world of surveying. My initial role however was in Property and Asset Management until 2 years ago when I moved into the Land and Development Agency team, which is a role I did not expect to go into and is one which I extremely enjoy and couldn’t imagine not doing now!

Which parts of your role are the most enjoyable and which parts are the most challenging?

The most enjoyable parts of my role are networking, attending client events and meeting new people all of the time. The most challenging part, although still enjoyable, is working with a diverse group of clients who make sure my days are never quiet!!

How do you balance your working and personal life?

It is tricky as all parts of my life are very busy, however I try to make sure that I get the best of both worlds by working hard and playing harder!

What advice would you give to a young professional wanting to progress in your industry?

The best advice I would give someone would be to try and ensure they get onto a respectable graduate training course so they make sure they obtain the best experience, in a variety of disciplines, and to understand which area of surveying they wish to enter into once qualified. I also believe that networking is a must, as you can never know too many people.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years’ time?

I hope that I will still be working in the world of development, however with a lot more experience and a lot more contacts!

What’s the best tip or piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Always treat people how you would like to be treated as you never know where others will end up in the future…they could be your client one day!