Paul Brady

Project Quantity Surveyor, Bruce Shaw Partnership

Degree subject Construction Economics and Management
Job title Project Quantity Surveyor
Employer Bruce Shaw Partnership

My father was a builder and when I was growing up I worked with him during school holidays. I learned about the construction industry and realised that if you are interested in management and in cost then quantity surveying is the way to go.

I was working as a part-time project surveyor during the third year of my degree and I think this helped me to get my job. I started out as an assistant surveyor, doing basic work and was also taken to meetings, which was a great way to learn. After six months, as the jobs grew, I became a project surveyor and took on my own projects. I'm working on a variety of very different projects in Bruce Shaw. They include a new headquarters for a government body, a county library, a high-profile residential refurbishment for an eminent client, and a mixed-use development with a budget of €120 million.

I'm also working towards my professional qualification (the APC) and in a year's time will be taking the final exam. It can be stressful at times because you have a lot of responsibility, but the job gives you room to grow. And because you are out on site a lot you get some fresh air and freedom.

Advice for graduates

Presentation and communication skills go a long way. When you are in front of clients you are the face of the company, so these skills are important.