Fellows – Day in the Life of a Graduate Surveyor

Can you give us a bit of background to yourself?

I am an Assistant Quantity Surveyor at Fellows Construction Consultants. I started my career working as an apprentice for a well-known housing association and progressively moved up to the role of Surveyor, working on pre and post contract activities. Whilst holding down a respectable full-time job, I went to University to study BSc. Quantity Surveying as a part-time student and received a first-class degree with honours. I then went on to work for a global multi-discipline consultancy as a Assistant Quantity Surveyor.

I’m an enthusiastic keen individual who always rises to the challenge. Having an ambitious mindset, I continue to grow.

What is a typical day like for you?

My role at Fellows is very technically driven, focusing on measurement, cost planning and cost valuation. Since joining the company I have been given the opportunity to assist in the preparation of cost plans, requiring the measurement of large mixed use residential/commercial schemes. This work takes up the majority of my day, although I also assist in monthly valuations, defects inspections – as well as weekly liaison with project stakeholders and clients.

Did you always know this career path was for you?

Construction has always been my passion, seeing different types of buildings and different levels of complexity around the world which has ignited my hunger to work as a Quantity Surveyor. I always believed in myself and that I could pursue a career as a quantity surveyor and challenge myself to make a positive impact to the construction industry and most importantly to be in a position where I can support my family in providing a better future. The depth of experience provided to me at Fellows, has really helped in fulfilling that aim.

Did you gain relevant work experience during your time studying?

Whilst I was a part time student, at held positions with both a Housing association and at a multi discipline consultancy. The modules were rooted in pure quantity surveying activities, but my job roles, whilst construction related, did not provide me with the required depth of experience with which fulfil my goals and potential. I compensated this by also studying during evenings and weekends in addition to completing my university study. Completing my degree eventually led to my role as an assistant quantity surveyor for Fellows Construction Consultants.

What is the most challenging thing about your job

Since joining Fellows, due to the extent of my exposure to technical and demanding tasks, one of the most challenging parts of my job is staying organised and managing my workload. My role also demands that I have a good knowledge of construction technology, and I am constantly being challenged with new concepts and methodologies. In addition, we are often required to produce cost plans and provide cost guidance on limited information, which is a challenge. Fortunately, Fellows have a knowledgeable team with an extensive cost database, which has proved helpful when completing these tasks.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like that the construction industry is dynamic and fast paced where audacious engineering projects are delivered. Specifically, I enjoy measuring and producing cost plans for varying types of projects and seeing projects at feasibility stages through to completion.

Another great part of my job is working alongside a great team of highly experienced professionals who provide support and encourage each other to push boundaries and come out stronger that’s what makes me proud to be part of Fellows Construction Consultants.

What is your path to progression like?

Overall, I have no regrets about the path I have taken which has led me to my current position. I feel like that I am now working for a consultancy that gives me the right opportunities and values my work. In short space of time I have been at Fellows Construction Consultants I have learned a significant amount working on small to large projects and I am valued member of team.

I am looking forward to progressing at within Fellows and start my APC where I can become a chartered Surveyor. For me this is only the beginning as I am going to work hard and climb that ladder.

“In race of excellence…… there is no finish line”

Do you have any advice for students looking to get into the industry?

Work hard and keep focused on your goals. Realise that sometimes you require a bit of luck, but if you are lucky you can find an environment and organisation that can help you grow and provide you with a good depth of experience and understanding.

Where possible I would also recommend searching for a mentor of good grounding and experience (either at work or at home) who can offer you guidance and support. I have been luckily enough to find that at Fellows, and it has helped me flourish.