Greg Petersen, Director of Rural Valuation at Colliers, and one of the driving forces behind the initiative to identify young talent through the scholarship, says there were a number of outstanding applicants this year.
"It was not an easy decision, and it requires a great deal of consideration as we want to build long-term work relationships with the students who receive our scholarship.
"We are equally excited to have Jeremy on board with us this summer through the scholarship, as we are about the potential of offering Jeremy full-time employment after graduation."
Jeremy Ryan grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Mossburn, in northern Southland and has been part of the farming industry his entire life. He moved to Christchurch in 2015 to finish high school and enrolled at Lincoln University in 2018. Jeremy is just three exams away from graduating with a Bachelor of Land and Property Management with a major in Rural Valuation and Specialisation in Primary Production.
There is a family legacy behind his decision to study valuation at Lincoln University.
“My late mother was one of the first female Rural Valuers in New Zealand, which undoubtedly put valuation in the back of my mind as a career option. But I kept an open mind about it and talked to people, attended open days and career expos before I chose my degree. Now I want to pave my own path in the industry," Jeremy says.
“I have always had a fascination with property, what drives value and what differentiates one property from another, and I have extended family in real estate too, which was an influence as well.
“My relationship with the Colliers Rural Valuation team started last year with an opportunity to shadow Kate Day, one of their Registered Valuers, based in Southland. The experience gave me a better understanding of the day-to-day workload of a rural valuer and reinforced my decision to seek a career in the industry.
“That’s why I am stoked to receive this scholarship. The money component is great, but I am more excited by the opportunities it brings. After I complete my exams in November, I am off to Invercargill to work with Kate again for the summer, and I am really looking forward to it. After graduation next year, I have the potential to be offered a position in the Christchurch office where the team is very experienced in the pastoral property market, which I am particularly interested in.
“It will be great to work towards registration with Colliers and learn from the best. All things going well, in a couple of years, I could be back working in Southland alongside Kate Day. This is where I want to establish myself professionally in the future. Southland is a great place to work, there's an influx of young people moving into banking and professional services roles, and it's home for me.
"I have a clear path for professional development ahead of me within a great team and it is up to me to work hard and prove myself," Jeremy says.
He has Greg Petersen’s vote of confidence.
“I am sure Jeremy will do well in the future. He appears to be really invested in everything he was involved with. In his 22 years' he has already started a business or two, so he is very entrepreneurial and proactive, an attitude that will serve him well in a valuation career. He likes to play rugby, but he also founded and managed rugby teams, as well as coached and undertook administration duties for them. He seems to have what it takes, and he is not afraid of hard work,” comments Petersen.
Chris Boyd, Executive Director of Rural Valuation at Colliers adds, “We aim to build relationships early with aspiring young valuers, by opening doors to students who are tempted by the profession and trying to match them with opportunities. We are creating a welcoming environment to attract, develop and retain the valuers we want on our team. We grow as they grow, and they grow as we grow.
“It’s exciting to see Kate Day, our first scholarship recipient in 2015, now a Registered Valuer, and now to welcome Jeremy and show him the ropes of rural valuation. There is great deal of the company’s resources going into developing new talent and it is rewarding to see that we are succeeding in these endeavours.
"We welcome Jeremy to the team, and we are committed to help him succeed,” Boyd says.