Graduates in Construction: Continued Challenges

Jarrad Edwards
Recently, I achieved an important milestone in my career, Graduation. This is a huge achievement which I am extremely proud of, obtaining my degree, completing my transition from Bricklayer to Building Surveyor over a five year period.

With the completion of my honours degree in Building Surveying, I am now involved in Faithful+Gould’s Graduate Development Programme. The programme helps graduates develop skills and knowledge to progress their career growth via a number of development and training days, including a two day graduate induction which consists of team building exercises and networking activities. It was great getting to know all my fellow graduates, not only within Faithful+Gould but also Atkins.

The graduate development programme has supported my ambitions to begin the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) process.

The graduate development programme has supported my ambitions to begin the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) process. Becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor is something I want to achieve in the not so distant future, with the support of colleagues and the business, I feel this is more than possible, nonetheless this is not a challenge I am taking lightly. With the same support my colleagues gave me throughout my university studies, I have access to the support to guide me, from people that have first-hand experience. Where possible I also help to support others, who are going through the same process, to ensure they receive the level of support that I did.

I have been fortunate throughout my career development to have had exposure to a range of Building Surveying services, from condition surveys, measured surveys, professional services such as party wall and project work in a number of different sectors. Acknowledged by the business that a varied workload is key to a successful APC process, management have always been able to provide diverse opportunities. However I have been predominantly working in the local authority sector, I have been exposed to various projects such as school refurbishments and blue light schemes. Local Authority projects have many stakeholders and I have found that managing all requirements can sometimes be a challenge, but also very rewarding when you walk out of a meeting knowing everyone is content, and of course receiving positive feedback.

Acknowledged by the business that a varied workload is key to a successful APC process...

Faithful+Gould have provided me the opportunity to meet a variety of people from different organisations, and be client facing, developing people skills in a professional environment, demonstrating my competence and growing in confidence in sometimes demanding situations.

Faithful+Gould provide structured training for all APC candidates, the senior team in Nottingham also extend their knowledge and support to clients who also have graduates progressing their APC. It is great to be able to share experiences with other graduates.

I am a persistent, motivated individual who enjoys a challenge with high aspirations for the future, and I am keen to progress to a management level during my career. Faithful+Gould undertake half yearly Professional Development Reviews where it is an opportunity to outline my aspirations and training requirements. This allows me and the senior to team to clearly set measurable targets to achieve the next mile stone.

I feel I made the right career change, into the right company and look forward to the next chapter.