Stephen Reid graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying from WIT he is now employed as a Quantity Surveyor with AECOM in Dublin.
What is unique about studying at WIT
"W.I.T. seem to be ahead of the game in terms of the content of the course; they have the foresight to equip students with the knowledge and expertise they will require in industry following graduation."
What are the key skills that have influenced your career and / or personal development
"Effective and flexible communication, attention to detail, ability to multi-task."
What advice would you give to someone considering a degree in Quantity Surveying at WIT?
What you put into the course in terms of dedication and hard work you will get out of it - the knowledge and direction is provided by the course and its lecturers
Details of your career path to date
I graduated with a BSc (Hons.) Quantity Surveying from WIT in 2012,. At that time the job opportunities and remunaration for Quantity Surveyors in Ireland was limited and so I went backpacking for 12 months. On return to Ireland in 2013, I acquired a position as a Graduate Quantity Surveyor with AECOM in Dublin. With AECOM's support, I attained chartered membership of the SCSI/RICS in 2015. I am currently working in Dublin as a Project Quantity Surveyor assisting Clients in both the public and private sector to deliver multi-milllion euro construction projects within their approved budgets
Career highlight to date
Achieving chartered membership of the SCSI/RICS within two years of graduation
What does your current role involve
Current role involves estimating, managing and controlling clients' construction project costs from design stage through to handover of the development. I am involved in projects with a construction value anywhere from <€1m to +€100m. I am working on numerous construction projects simultaniously, at different stages of the design/construction process and across a variety of sectors
What do you find most interesting / challenging
The interesting aspect of the role is that every day is different, its a varied role involving different clients, types of buildings, different designs and design teams, different challenges such as site constraints or programme requirements.
What advice would you give those entering the job market from WIT
Don't be tempted by the highest paid jobs, find an employer that will provide you with the right environment to develop and gain experience - the benefits and career progression will quickly build from a solid foundation
Study the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying at WIT
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Quantity Surveying at WIT is a four-year level-8 course has been designed to produce graduates who can successfully operate as professional quantity surveyors/costs consultants in the future Irish and global construction industry.
Each student is required to complete a 30-week industrial placement relating to quantity surveying.
Students enrolling in this course can expect to study modules such as; Management Studies, Measurement & Estimating and Introduction to Land Surveying.