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 Eileen Faherty from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Eileen Faherty

Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Construction Industry Federation

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  Eileen Faherty
My advice would be that if you are not afraid of hard work that construction can be a very rewarding industry. It is a constantly changing industry which is interesting to work in.

To be a QS the main values would be to be interested in dealing with financial data and be happy to work as part of a team. Having an interest in construction generally outside of the commercials will also help as it keeps you interested in the projects you are working on apart from what they cost.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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This course is designed to give students an introduction to all aspects of business. Core subjects and skills are studied in the first two years and include Economics, Accounting, Marketing, IT, Law, HR Management, Industrial Relations

Students then specialise in one of the five areas: Human Resource Management, Business Economics, Finance Marketing or Management.

General business degree with a strong international reputation.

Gain valuable experience and a competitive edge with optional year-long work placement.

Specialise in a key business area (economics, management, marketing, HR or finance) in final year.

Develop skills in communications, IT, teamwork and problem solving.

Strong entrepreneurial focus to encourage innovation and creativity.


This course combines business and cultural studies with the study of a foreign language.

The course introduces students to the key concepts of business (communication, information technology, teamwork and problem solving) with later specialist focus on the international business environment. 

Students also acquire proficiency in a foreign language of their choice (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese)

Strong employment prospects as languages and intercultural awareness are in demand by global employers. 

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