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π Why I love my career in 60 seconds π
What first attracted you to surveying? I have had a longstanding interest in property; spending my childhood looking at the property sections in newspapers! Due to my interest in residential property, I was initially attracted to a career in agency, which influenced my decision to study for a degree in Estate Management at Northumberland University. However, after learning more about planning and regeneration, I converted to a degree in Planning and Development Surveying. I am now a chartered planning and development surveyor, presently employed as a Planning Consultant.
RICS Matrics Whether you are interested in designing and managing buildings, delivering development projects or cost and commercial management there are plenty of opportunities in the construction sector. RICS Matrics has four key aims and achieves these by using its unique structure, working locally, regionally and nationally within RICS
n Promotion of surveying
as a career
RICS Matrics members are best placed as grass root volunteers to support careers activities within schools and universities.
n Supporting trainee members along the APC pathways Trainee surveyors have various support mechanisms available to them from online forums to literature. However RICS Matrics members can share experiences, join self-help groups and have 1-2-1 sessions within mock interviews. RICS Matrics offers events, support and essential advice.
n Career progression by
providing networking opportunities and skill development opportunities It is key for career development to swap information, ideas and experiences – mainly within a social setting but also across businesses.
RICS Matrics also provides a respected and active platform for younger and non-qualified members to voice their opinions in order to help shape the future profession of surveying. Membership of RICS Matrics is free and the benefits are huge, giving members the edge to enable them to get ahead of their competitors.
n Recruiting student members to a worthwhile organisation Students can be involved locally and regionally with RICS Matrics and benefit from mentoring schemes, access to literature, support forums and regular university visits from qualified surveyors providing advice and career opportunities within a social environment.
More information Register your interest via the RICS Contact Centre on 02476 868555 or email email@example.com.
How did you first become aware of RICS Matrics? Northumbria University has strong links with RICS. Within the first week of university the Programme Leader signed everyone up as RICS Student members and encouraged us to attend RICS Matrics events. Since then I have been a regular attendee, as it’s a great informal way of meeting both newer and more experienced members.
Samantha Curtis MRICS Planning and Development Cundall
Why would you recommend surveying as a career? RICS is well respected worldwide, so becoming a surveyor opens up so many opportunities. I am spending some time working in Sydney from September 2015, and being a chartered surveyor will help me with the transition from the UK to Australia.
Surveying, particularly the planning and development route, also offers a variety of challenges. We interact with different professions and different sectors, ensuring no two days are the same, which helps to keep work interesting as well as challenging.
How has RICS Matrics benefitted you and what’s been your favourite event to-date? I have received great help from RICS Matrics committee members, which was instrumental on my journey to becoming chartered. Through the networking events, I have also developed some strong contacts with influential surveyors, which is benefitting my career.
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