Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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So you want to be a Quantity Surveyor

All construction projects – including housing estates, office developments, airport terminals and national sports stadiums – cost a lot of money to complete. Quantity Surveyors are the professionals who manage the purse strings on these projects from start to finish. 

Quantity Surveyors provide value for money through the efficient cost management of the construction process – their objective is to control cost, limit risk and add value to a project ensuring that the design and construction of a project delivers value to a client.

Quantity Surveyors often act as project managers – appointed at the beginning of a project, they assist the client in developing the project brief and then selecting, appointing and co-ordinating the project team. 

Where do they work?

Quantity Surveyors work in all sectors of the construction industry worldwide. In real estate this covers residential, commercial, industrial, leisure, agricultural and retail facilities. In infrastructure, they work on projects related to roads, railways, waterways, airports, sea ports, coastal defences, power generation and utilities.  

Irish Quantity Surveyors are recognised – and much sought after - as experts in specialised areas, such as the construction of large pharmaceutical facilities and data centres.

What sort of subjects should you be interested in to pursue a career in this area?

Quantity Surveying courses cover a wide range of technical skills in the areas of science, technology and professional capability. Therefore, you should be interested in subjects such as science, maths, construction technology, law, business and IT. The courses also place great emphasis on professional skills, including communication, leadership and dispute resolution.


Article by: SCSI - The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland