The Leaving Certificate is well and truly over, as is the summer. Indeed the majority of this year’s examinations participants have returned from the now traditional “Leaving Cert” holiday having spent most of their family’s money in Disco Inferno or BCM.
However, reality is just around the corner. Having just completed, perhaps, the most difficult examinations they will ever face, soon they will face one of their most important decisions yet, with the release of the CAO Round 1 offers on the 22nd of August.
The decisions made, based on CAO offers are often extremely frustrating. Granted you’re not as technically gifted with a soccer ball as Paul Pogba or have a “claw” as good as that of Austin Gleeson, then this decision could very much impact the rest of your life. How can an 18 or 19 year old make an informed decision based on flawed information? For some, the decision will be based on the prestige of the offering college. For others, the decision will be based on “spending” their points. For others again Mammy or Daddy will make the decision for them. Yet, regardless of how the decision is made few will argue its importance.
How many will see a degree in Quantity Surveying as a hidden gem? Today, I want to promote Quantity Surveying as a rewarding and fulfilling career.
Over the last decade, we have witnessed a massive demise within the construction industry, a demise that has only been topped by that of the Cork senior men’s hurling team. This demise has had an evident knock on effect with the number of students enrolling within construction related college courses. Nevertheless as economic recovery is well and truly “up and running”, we can also see the recovery within the construction sector. According to a recent article in the Irish Times, the "construction sector is set to grow by 20% in 2016". However, the growth in the industry is not being mirrored by the level of graduates entering the field. Today, a number of specialists’ areas are particularly in demand in the Irish construction industry. One area of high demand is Quantity Surveying. A graduate Quantity Surveyor will find an abundance of options available to them when they finish their degree. The problem presented is that although the opportunities are there, the college courses are failing to lure the students to partake in this field of study. If the shortage of personnel is not enough of factor for you to choose a degree in Quantity Surveying, here is a number of other reasons that may be of interest:
1. Fewer graduates also mean better starting salaries
Money is a massive motivating factor for most of us. Take into consideration the rising price of rent and cost of living in Ireland. If students are prepared to work hard, the rewards will be there at the end of their degree.
2. Ability to move around sectors
Quantity Surveyors have lots of scope to move around sectors, more so than most other career paths. The opportunity to expand your skill base is ever present because of its wide and diverse profession. Many Quantity Surveyors later move into Project Management positions due to similarity of skills in both positions.
3. Great opportunities for career progression
Due to the shortage of Quantity Surveyors, this allows fantastic opportunities for career progression. Career progression may take you in many directions across many sectors.
So my goal is simple, if you are unsure about which path to take I would love to speak to you. However, it’s not just students I am looking to speak to. If you are an experienced Quantity Surveyor and you wish to hear about new opportunities on the market, please do not hesitate to contact.