Learning the roles and enjoying the camaraderie
Like many of her peers, Vanesse is eager to learn about the real estate industry and believes Colliers’ management trainee programme provides her with all the opportunities to deepen her skills and broaden her real estate knowledge. Since joining Colliers in July 2019, Vanesse has garnered diverse work experience in various business lines: Real Estate Management Services; Valuation and Advisory Services; Capital Markets; and Occupier Services.
TELL US WHAT YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT THE COLLIERS MANAGEMENT TRAINEE PROGRAMME, AND WHY?
What I like best about this programme is the amount of exposure it provides. Unlike many of the management trainee programmes offered by other companies that only have two to three job rotations, Colliers offers four different rotations! More job rotations would mean more exposure to different challenges and more opportunities to learn new things - that was exactly what I was looking for as a graduate fresh out from the university.
I also like how I am able to work closely with the mentor I am attached to during each rotation. They are generally approachable so I can clarify with them whenever in doubt and they will patiently explain the details and guide me through t
he task. At the same time, working with my mentors on actual projects and being able to participate actively in discussions allowed me to experience some realities of working in the various professions.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU DURING YOUR TIME AT COLLIERS, CAN YOU ELABORATE?
That would definitely be the Colliers Dragon dragon boating tournament held in September last year. To prepare for the actual event, we had training sessions held over four Fridays. As someone new to the company, these training sessions were a good chance for me to meet and interact with new colleagues outside of office. Also, being a sporty person, I enjoy outdoor activities. So, getting to try out dragon boat for the first time was nothing short of fun!
I remembered on the actual day of the event, it warmed my heart to witness my colleagues going all out to cheer for one another during the dragon boat races while those in the boat put in their best effort to work together as a team to propel the boat forward. After the event, we even had dinner together as a company and it was a great way to bond with my colleagues. I enjoyed the camaraderie among the team.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT WORK, AND WHY DO YOU ENJOY IT?
I play dodgeball on a competitive level. I enjoy this sport as it is an excellent stress reliever as one of the ways to eliminate opponents is by hitting them out with the balls. But of course, that is not the only reason why I enjoy the sport! On a more serious note, dodgeball is a game of reflexes, so it helps to train my brain to think and act fast – whether to go for a swift dodge to avoid getting hit or to catch the incoming ball. Also, it is a team sport so there are a lot of teamwork and strategies involved.
Other than dodgeball, I am also a frequent movie-goer. I watch movies on a weekly basis. I enjoy many different movie genres – thrillers, comedies, romance, action, horror (or at least those that involve the supernatural) etc. I would say my all-time favourites would be a good mix of both action, thriller, and comedy. Hit me up if you need some movie recommendations!
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