Construction Students Preview Life as a London Surveyor

Emilie Moore
Recently, Faithful+Gould hosted a group of construction students from America, giving them a taste of what it’s like to be a professional surveyor at a top London consultancy.

The group of 15 students from Texas A&M University visited Faithful+Gould’s London HQ in Euston Tower and spent the morning learning about key industry issues and speaking to staff about the different routes to becoming a surveyor in the UK.

The students were able to meet and chat directly with a range of staff from graduate surveyors to directors, enabling them to learn about specialist knowledge areas encompassing project management, quantity surveying, building surveying and sustainability. Short presentations were given to the students reviewing the industry in 2012 and the current state of the economy, plus showcasing what major projects Faithful+Gould is currently working on. 

These were then followed by discussions on sustainability, giving the latest thinking on sustainable development, its role within Faithful+Gould and comparing sustainability issues in America. Project management was also explored, with the students learning about a project manager’s role, what makes a good team and how being a good leader helps a project run more smoothly.

It was great to show these students what life’s like being a surveyor in London. We were able to talk through the different pathways to becoming a surveyor and compare and contrast the UK construction industry with that of America. We wish them all the very best in their future careers.

Stephen Hateley, Faithful+Gould's Operations Director - London and South East

Texas A&M University arranged the cultural trip for the students to learn about the UK’s construction sector as a comparison to US construction law and management practises. The students will be in the UK until May. They will spend this time visiting various consultancies in London and will be placed in internships for the final nine weeks of their stay.

Stephen Hateley, London and South East operations director at Faithful+Gould who hosted the talk, said: “It was great to show these students what life’s like being a surveyor in London. We were able to talk through the different pathways to becoming a surveyor and compare and contrast the UK construction industry with that of America. We wish them all the very best in their future careers.”