CEO (Property Development) – Jon

Describe your job in a couple of sentences:

High end residential property development – sourcing opportunities normally ‘off market’ and looking both laterally and creatively at optimising the site to create a ‘best in class’ product in terms of design and build quality- something one can be genuinely proud of is what excites.

 

When did you know what you wanted to do?

I have always enjoyed creative design- originally as an architectural photographer and then advertising photographer- property development seemed a natural creative extension of my passion and attention to detail- I have never had to work, I simply enjoyed my hobby either as a photographer and ow as a property developer.

 

Did you go to university, go straight into the workforce, or do an apprenticeship?

I left college at 18 knowing I wanted to be a photographer0 to earn a living doing something that excites me and never feels like work- property development was a natural extension of the creative design and detailed approach utilised in architectural photography.

What did you study?

Just the usual subjects- more importantly learning patience, tenacity and how to sell ones’ services whatever they might be I believe is one of the most important skills to learn – how one can relate to all types/ classes of people is critical to my mind.

 

What was your first job?
Does it relate to what you do now?

Saturday job in an insurance brokers- learning how to relate and sell oneself to people

 

Have you done other jobs in your life- if so what were they?
Did they have an influence on what you do now?

Principally photography

 

How did you find out about your job (how it existed)?

Summer internship excited me to try working full time in this profession I already regarded as an exciting hobby

 

How did you get the job you wanted- steps and process?

Started as an assistant- offered my services for nothing- learnt the business both technically and importantly how to sell before starting on my own as a freelance photographer at age 19.

 

What qualities do you need to have to be successful in your field?

Creative- tenacious 24/7 work ethic – transparent/honest- thorough- loyal- passionate

 

Give 3 tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps:

Only work in an industry that truly inspires you- try 50 different roles if necessary, only settling on an industry that truly excites you- to be truly successful never feels like work

 

Who inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by people worldwide and their approach to career/ life/ design but not just aesthetic- life on a daily basis never ceases to amaze and inspire – even this current virus pandemic presents creative opportunities both in property and elsewhere