An article in the Sunday Business Post (18/01/15), a WIT student on the BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, WD162, talks about her exiting new job.Kelly Byrne graduated from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) with a first-class honours degree in quantity surveying, a qualification that provided the perfect springboard for her career.
“While my course was solely focused on quantity surveying, students could choose a career working for a PQS or a main contractor. Having completed eight months full-time industrial placement with a leading main contractor in Dublin, I felt this was the career path I wanted, as I felt I would gain invaluable experience working on a range of projects across different sectors” she said.
Byrne currently works for Bennett Construction on the refurbishment of Penney’s European corporate headquarters in Dublin city centre. “My days are varied and can involve processing sub-contractor payment certificates, monitoring contra charges and notification to sub-contractors, handling sub-contractors re-measurement, interim and final account payments, liaising and reporting to the senior quantity surveyor, attending pre-award meetings with new sub-contractors to return a price for additional items and several other duties.”
She is delighted to have chosen a career that gives her such variety. “I was fortunate to secure a role with one of Ireland’s top-tier contractors on such a large-scale, high-value project, with high specification finishes and engineering methods.”
“The project itself is broken down in to three phases. Each phase is different, allowing me to gain great experience across several areas.” Byrne is also grateful that she chose to study at WIT. “The quantity surveyor course in WIT covered more than enough areas for a quantity surveyor to feel confident in their career. The industrial placement gave me great first-hand experience of exactly what the role involved. It allowed me to put theory into practice.”
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