Growing up in the city-state of Singapore, where travelling from one end of the island to the other takes less than one hour, I was not exposed to longer travelling times. Before I joined HVS, I could barely count the number of times I traveled outside of Singapore. This changed after I joined HVS as a Consulting & Valuation Analyst in 2017. As my first full-time employment job after graduating with a Real Estate bachelor’s degree, I joined HVS to pursue something different and to challenge myself.

As of May 2018, I have been with the company for just over a year. In this past year, I have gained new knowledge, experiences, and friendships. In addition, HVS has brought me to new places in Indonesia and Malaysia, with several more destinations to look forward to. I have performed a wide scope of consulting work, including appraisals, market studies, and feasibility studies. A unique aspect of working at HVS is that one is consistently exposed to different challenges and is forced to think critically due to the heterogeneity of the assignments. This is especially so given the developing nature of the Asia Pacific region, whereby information is often limited, and I have to be resourceful and think out of the box to work towards a reliable outcome. I believe that these types of experiences help one gain valuable knowledge and help to develop character.

A week at HVS can vary depending on what assignments are on hand. Here is a rundown of a "typical" week:

Monday

  • Administrative tasks
    • Publish the regional newsletter
    • Review and return calls and/or emails
    • Weekly meeting to discuss existing/new assignments
    • Prepare preliminary market research for an assignment or
    • Complete market updates
  • If travelling
    • Meet at the airport
    • Interview the General Manager (GM) and management team of the hotel I am appraising
    • Perform site inspection of the property, ensuring that all the property-specific information is obtained while I’m there; take all necessary photos while on site (check photos)
    • Visit and inspect competitive properties, interview respective GM and/or Sales/Marketing staff
    • Complete preliminary models and any related write-ups

Tuesday

  • Administrative tasks
    • Follow up on calls and interviews of competitive properties for an assignment or
    • Continue market updates
    • Read hospitality-related news for the regional newsletter
    • Send out emails to request for information/data
  • If travelling
    • Continue inspection of competitive properties, interview respective GM and/or Sales/Marketing staff
    • Amend and adjust the models and any related write-ups accordingly

Wednesday

  • Administrative tasks
    • Follow up on calls and interviews of competitive properties for assignment
    • Prepare for fieldwork, including calling and setting up appointments
    • Start writing draft report or
    • Continue market updates
    • Read hospitality-related news for the regional newsletter
    • Gather information for publications
  • If travelling
    • Wrap up inspections of competitive properties (if any remain)
    • Head to the airport for return flight
    • Continue working on the models and any related write-ups
    • Send out follow-up emails and/or emails for missing information

Thursday

  • Administrative tasks
    • Continue preparation for next fieldwork, including calling and setting up appointments
    • Plan the route for the next assignment
    • Continue draft report writing or
    • Continue market updates
    • Write articles for the regional newsletter
    • Work on publications
  • Back from travel
    • Transfer pictures from site visit to job folder
    • Analyze all data collected
    • Input all updated information into the models
    • Compile competitive set information
    • Discuss findings and models with supervisor
    • Write draft report
    • Follow-up on calls and emails

Friday

  • Administrative tasks
    • Finish preparation for next fieldwork or
    • Ensure that market research is updated for the assignments
    • Finalize articles for the regional newsletter
    • Work on publications
  • Back from travel
    • Prepare draft report
    • Analyze the data further and complete work on the models
    • Discuss the findings and the models for the assignment with the Managing Director