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 Peter LaComber from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Peter LaComber

Consulting Engineer

CRH plc

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  Peter LaComber
Skills - organisation and attention to detail Interests - all things technical Education - basic engineering foundation course (degree or similar)

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland is the leading professional body for construction, land and property professionals in Ireland.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland is the leading professional body for construction, land and property professionals in Ireland.
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The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) is Ireland’s leading professional body for professionals practicing in all areas of construction, land and property.

With approximately 4,000 members nationwide, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland – in partnership with RICS, the worldwide body – awards the Chartered Surveyor professional qualification, which is internationally recognised as a mark of excellence in construction, land and property sectors.

In order to become a Chartered Surveyor, graduates of SCSI accredited degree courses (see below) must undertake the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) - a two-year period of structured practical training which culminates in the submission of documented experience and a 1-hour professional interview. 

Chartered Surveying is an internationally recognised, portable and desirable qualification. The title of Chartered Surveyor demonstrates to employers, clients and the public at large that a surveyor has achieved a professional qualification in addition to their academic qualification – and that they possess the highest of technical ability and adhere to a strict and regulated Code of Conduct.


Surveyors work across all aspects of the built and natural environment for a variety of employers, including auctioneers, valuers, developers, construction firms, facilities management, as well as county councils and State agencies.

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In recent years, surveyors have also availed of opportunities in other related sectors, such as legal, financial and insurance.

As a profession, surveying requires a broad range of technical skills – spatial, numerical and legal.

Along with these technical skills, “soft” skills are also important.

Business and managerial skills are essential and teamwork is vital.

Surveyors must have good communication skills in order to express their ideas both verbally and in writing.

As surveyors work on several projects at the same time, it’s important to be well-organised, flexible and able to multi-task and problem-solve.


There are  a wide range of surveying speacialisms that can be pursued:

Residential Agency Surveyor - provides professional expertise in the valuation, management, letting and sale of residential property. – manages complex building and infrastructural projects.

Commercial Agency Surveyor
- provides professional expertise in the valuation, management, letting and sale of commercial property, eg shops and offices.

Valuation Surveyor – provides professional expertise in valuations, acquisitions, disposals, investments and rent reviews for all types of property.

Geomatics Surveyor- maps the built and natural environment to provide accurate spatial data which facilitates planning, development and conservation.

Geomatics are changing our industries - and so can you.
The construction and property sector needs innovative individuals who can continue to lead the way we work in the digital landscape.

Geomatics is currently one of the most in-demand technical skills in the world!

Quantity Surveyor 
– advises on the costs of developing all types of buildings and infrastructure.

Building Surveyor - carries out building surveys, identifying defects and solutions, and provides management and design consultancy services.

Property & Facilities Management Surveyor – provides professional management services for residential and commercial multi-unit developments and facilities.

Planning & Development Surveyor
 – manages the proposals to develop new or refurbish existing buildings

Arts & Antiques Surveyor - provides professional expertise in the valuation, and sale of arts and antiques.

Minerals Surveyor – provides expertise in the full life cycle of mineral development.

Rural Surveyor – values, manages and sells agricultural land including forestry. 


There are many surveying-related degree courses nationwide, and the content of these courses reflects the diversity of skills required of a surveyor – graduates leave college with a high level of both technical and professional practice skills.

A high majority have traditionally found work within their chosen field – both in Ireland and abroad.

Some courses include an industrial placement year, when students can apply their learning in the workplace, gain practical experience and forge industry links:

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Dundalk Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology
Sligo Institute of Technology
Letterkenny Institute of Technology