Degree subject Construction Economics and Management
Job title Quantity Surveyor
Employer Bruce Shaw Partnership
The best way I can describe the role of graduate quantity surveyor is to say we're the ‘accountants' of the construction industry. In my role I advise how much a project will cost and on how a client might achieve better value for money. I'll then monitor costs throughout the project and finally, on completion, I will report on the overall costs.
In any typical week I will have around four to six meetings with clients, contractors etc as well as internal meetings to discuss new projects and review current projects. The rest of my week is taken up by various tasks including preparing budget estimates, bills of quantities, cost reports, costs assessments, cost appraisals, final accounts − in fact, it's safe to say that anything that involves costs in the construction industry will generally be handled by a quantity surveyor. We are also encouraged to dedicate time during each week to our continuous professional development.
The role of quantity surveyor can be a demanding one. Sometimes a project will have a tight deadline and although this can be stressful, there's a certain sense of satisfaction when the project reaches completion. The more experience you get, the more responsibility you are given and hopefully you will be rewarded accordingly.
I landed my position through a little determination. I called the company persistently at the end of my second year in college and they agreed to take me on over the summer. I then came back and worked here during my weekly day off from college and when I graduated I was offered a full-time position.