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Q&A with Katie Vale, Rising Star Winner 2018

Chris WoodOur awards celebrate those in the industry that are recognised for their great potential.We went back to last year's winner of the Rising Star award, Katie Vale, to find out how she's been getting on since winning.

Katie, what you have been up to over the last 12 months?

Since achieving my 'Rising Star' award last October I have been given more responsibilities and credibility within my day-to-day job.

"It meant a lot for me that my manager had nominated me for this award..."

What did winning the award mean to you?

Winning the award was a huge achievement for me after working in the lettings industry for just over a year. It meant a lot for me that my manager had nominated me for this award whilst being new to the industry and the company.

Why do you think qualifications are important within the estate agency sector?

Having additional qualifications, like being a member of ARLA Propertymark, is great to achieve for any lettings role; it shows that the individual is knowledgeable and up-to-date with the latest legislation and professional standards, as well as your employer being an experienced and protected agent to use.

"Having additional qualifications, like being a member of ARLA Propertymark, is great to achieve for any lettings role..."

What would you say to anyone thinking about putting themselves forward for an award?

For anyone that is thinking of nominating themselves I would advise to go for it - it's great recognition that you will have with you for the rest of your career.

So, what's next for you?

I am now continuing to progress and grow my career in the lettings industry, and with the Tenant Fee Ban coming into place next month there will be a number of challenges along the way!

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...the benefits to gaining the qualification are endless.
~ Tania Marshall - Lettings Candidate of the Year Finalist

 ...just having the qualification makes me feel even more confident in my role.
~ Elizabeth Anderson

The relationship between a landlord and their agent should be a long one, built on trust and confidence, and what better way to assure your landlord than having proof of your knowledge with a professional qualification.
~ Sara Hawkins

Having these qualifications really helps you prepare for the property industry, as you learn relevant information that will aid you in a property related job.
~ Nina Chambers

By undertaking a qualification with Propertymark Qualifications, it not only helps in giving property experts the knowledge they need to do a better job but it also gives us something just as valuable...credibility. 
~ Andrew Everett

It provides you with a personal sense of achievement in addition to the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently carry out your role to the highest standard.
~ Heather Fraser, Rising Star 2019

Studying for this qualification will help separate you from other agents whilst also increasing your confidence when interacting with customers. 
~ Sean Rawson, Sales Candidate of the Year 2019

Being properly qualified gives you the confidence to offer a professional and compliant service. Go for it!
~ Melfyn Williams, Employer Champion of the Year 2019