WIT graduate Joseph Coulson talks about his time spent in London while on placement and what the end of the recession means for quantity surveyors
Joseph Coulson, from Thurles, Co Tipperary is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying and a past pupil of Thurles CBS.
What brought you to WIT?
I worked in Austrailia for a year and when I came home I decided I wanted to something in construction and leaned towards quantity surveying and they had the course here so it was the easiest choice.
Did you have a placement during college?
I did my placement over in London with Kilnbridge. It was very good I got great exposure to all sides of construction and it was set up by the lecturers as a past student offered the opportunity and that’s how we got in contact with them.
Do you have anything lined up for after college?
Well I got offered a job with Kilnbridge straightaway after but I ended up taking a job with Wall’s Construction in Dublin so I’ve been working up there for the last four months.
You started this course while Ireland was still in the recession, now that we are coming out of it do you think that’s helped the course?
It’s definitely picking up the demand for QSs in Dublin is massive so I was lucky to come out of the course at a very good time it looks like there’s going to plenty of jobs to come.
Was there any stand out experience from your time in WIT?
I suppose it gave me great exposure to all aspects of construction and it wasn’t as daunting going into a job I had a fair idea of what was expected of us.
Interviewed by Ian Bradley at Conferring 2018