The Real Estate business is in the DNA of UK Managing Director at CBRE Ltd, Ciaran Bird, as from a teenager he was working as a retail agent while also playing Rugby as a professional at London Irish.
Ciaran feels strongly about Rugby players putting plans in place for their future long before they retire, but understands the difficulties involved, as he explains how he structured his agreement at London Irish in order to work and play at the club.
“If you trust and work with each other as a team over a period you will see the benefits” is a lesson Ciaran has taken from playing Rugby and incorporated into the work environment at CBRE (www.cbre.co.uk), where former England coach Clive Woodward has provided his skills and services at the company in the past.
Ciaran offers valuable advice for retiring professional Rugby players looking to transition into business and Real Estate, saying they need to be willing to start from the bottom and work their way up in order to learn the trade, instead of expecting to receive the same sort of treatment and salary they were once earning from playing Rugby.
CBRE is also an official supporter to England Rugby and is the principal partner of the All Schools Rugby program in the United Kingdom, which Ciaran admits is a rewarding experience in being able to instill the values of sport through Rugby for children at under privileged schools. Ciaran encourages other business to get involved in Rugby and form mutually beneficial relationships on and off the field.