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Women Building Futures: Alumni Panel Member Announced: Justine Franklin

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We are very pleased to announce that Justine Franklin will be part of our Alumni Panel on the day. Justine will share her story with us on stage. Here is a snippet of Justine’s story:

An interview with Justine Franklin – Alumni of the Property and Valuation Postgraduate degree.

Where are you working now?

Taylor Byrne (Albury-Wodonga)”

What is your role and what activities does your role entail on a daily basis?

I am an Assistant Valuer which involves working closely with a Valuer/Director on a variety of valuations ranging from caravan parks, pubs, hotels, motels, alpine commercial and residential and occasionally on residential, rural residential, commercial, industrial and childcare centres. My day could include assisting with a site inspection, sales and rental research, data analysis, report writing or everything all in the one day!”

What was your favourite part of your degree?

I really enjoyed the people that I met and worked with throughout my degree. My lecturers and teachers were inspirational in their dedication, passion and knowledge. My fellow students were fantastic in sharing their experience and knowledge of the property industry which absolutely added to the experience and made the discussions that took place in each class so beneficial.”

What do you like best about your role?

“I really enjoy the variety of being an assistant valuer, particularly the mix of field work and office work which engages a diverse range of skills. The opportunity to work on a valuation through each stage of the process also gives me a sense of achievement .”

What attracted you to your role?

“Working in a regional area (Albury-Wodonga) I thought that I would have the chance to work on a wide variety of valuations so that I could get broad exposure before I decide on an asset class specialisation (and I was right!). I had also engaged a Valuer from Taylor Byrne Albury-Wodonga while working in my previous position as Property Portfolio Coordinator at Mount Alexander Shire Council so I was confident of the working environment I would be going into and the support I would receive to achieve CPV status.”

What is most important to you when looking for a job?

“I have learnt (unfortunately the hard way) that my working environment is the most important element when looking for a job. If the environment is not supportive, flexible, mentally challenging, friendly and professional then the job will not be the right one for me.”

Tell us about your career journey so far.

“I started my career in property in the local government sector while I was studying. As the Property Portfolio Coordinator at Mount Alexander Shire Council I was responsible for the acquisition, leasing & licensing and disposal of Council’s property portfolio. This provided a fantastic foundation for my move into valuation. I have been with Taylor Byrne (Albury-Wodonga) since October 2016 as an Assistant Valuer and my previous experience has been invaluable. In particular, it has enabled me to communicate with confidence when discussing aspects of valuations such as leases and planning and environment issues and when writing draft reports.”

Tell us about the challenges and triumphs you have faced as a female in a male-dominated industry

“During my short few months in the field of valuations I have not yet faced any challenges or had any triumphs as a female. While it is noticeable that there are very few females in the valuation field, I have found the people I have met to be welcoming and supportive.”

If you could say one thing to young females looking to enter the industry – what would it be?

“Consider entering the industry in a regional area – the people, environment and opportunities are fantastic and provide an excellent entry into the property industry.”

Anything else you would like to share?

“I have found the field of valuation to be a challenging and rewarding career that requires a broad set of professional skills. I would encourage anyone interested in property to give it a go. After all, being able to value property is the foundation to any property career and a great place to start your property career.”

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Read more about the International Women’s Day event: Women Building Futures: Careers in Property, Construction and Project Management here:

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