23 JUL 2018
A decade ago single mum Zoe King’s future was looking uncertain, so she started searching for a career that offered excitement, stability, flexibility and job satisfaction. Surveying, and in particular quantity surveying, appealed immediately.
Here Zoe explains how surveying helped to turn her life around.
Many of my friends say that I made a brave decision to train as a chartered surveyor, but the hard work paid off, so much so that I have been awarded Quantity Surveying and Construction category RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year.
I am a strong believer in the old adage ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Certainly, in surveying the rewards are accessible to those who work diligently for their clients. Yes, sometimes you do need to go the extra mile, but that’s not an issue when you enjoy your role as much as I do.
I’m not a perfectionist, but I do strive for excellence, which I find much easier to achieve when there is a clear structure to work within – a prerequisite for most clients too. Any goals must be both realistic and achievable and then once works start a reliable two-way communication is a must. Dialogue between all stakeholders plays a critical role in identifying obstacles and creating contingency plans.
I’m not a perfectionist, but I do strive for excellence, which I find much easier to achieve when there is a clear structure to work within – a prerequisite for most clients too.
Rightly or wrongly, the construction industry does not have a great reputation when it comes to managing costs and it’s this area where I believe quantity surveyors have a vital role to play. The diligent monitoring of a realistic implementation plan throughout the course of a project will enable a quantity surveyor to provide clients with clear and accurate cost advice upon which they can make sound decisions.
One of the benefits is the huge range of opportunities available to surveyors. For example, back in 2012, I was fortunate to be instrumental in setting up a new regional infrastructure division for my employer, which started with just six people. It has been so successful that it now employs more than 40.
Recently much of my time has been spent helping to develop an app that will aid the student accommodation sector in early cost estimation. The management an my company is very supportive of innovation, if anyone proposes an idea that will help us to remain competitive then they give us the freedom to run with it.
Surveying has given me so much I feel it is my duty to help others follow a similar path. I hope I can help to inspire future generations to consider a career in surveying, as it really offers many unique and remarkable opportunities. I am now an APC supervisor to help our internal candidates, and I am also an APC mentor so that I can help those in the wider industry too.
The winners of each category will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in November 2018 in London: with the ultimate accolade of RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year 2018 awarded to one of the category winners.