As a quantity surveyor I am responsible for the management and recording of the financial movement on a construction project.
I ensure that the project costs are being monitored correctly and cash flow is being met throughout the construction phase of a project.
I’m also involved with the management of subcontractors working on the project, ensuring that they deliver to the right standard and are paid the right amount for the work they complete.
I get to see the building progress daily and gain first-hand experience of the technology used in delivering a successful project
After my final year of secondary school, I attended Carnegie College in Dunfermline, studying a HNC Architectural Technology. After I gained my HNC I was accepted onto the second year of the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Graduating with a 2:1, I was then accepted onto Laing O’Rourke’s graduate development programme: a two-year programme aimed at developing Laing O’Rourke talent. I am now entering the second year of the programme.
I believe that the construction industry can cater to all individuals regardless of background or education
Being based on-site, I get to see the build progress each day and gain first-hand experience of the technology used in delivering a successful project.
My role is very diverse so every day is different. If I had to pick a favourite activity, it would be reviewing the legal documentation involved in the delivery of a construction project.
The construction industry involves a wide variety of disciplines, from on-site operatives to construction managers and engineers. To fill these positions we need a diverse group of people. Therefore, I believe that the construction industry can cater to all individuals regardless of background or education.
I wasn't able to get the right level of education for direct entry to university from secondary school. However, I wasn't disheartened and found an alternative route to get to the position I am in now. If I was to give one piece of advice, it would be that there are many different routes that lead to the same outcome.