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    Hey guys,

    I've recently switched from working in trusts to law and completed an LLB via graduate root but I've almost immediately found that it was not what I anticipated and the longer I've gone on I've become more and more convinced that I would be better suited to using some of the skills I've picked up in a different field.

    I have always been interested in property in particular (in general and from a legal perspective) and had considered in the past combining legal practice with estate agency with a view to eventually investing in property myself and starting my own portfolio. However, recently I was speaking to someone who works as a chartered surveyor and everything he told me about the job seemed to tick all the boxes (variety of work/working with different people in different industries/environments/combination of field and office work/decent pay). I know that I would have to learn a lot about the technical aspects of construction and also project management/economics, but these are things which interest me so I think I would be capable.

    I was hoping that someone on here might have experience working in this field and might be able to enlighten me with regards to my expectations. Or perhaps someone involved in real estate might rebuke me and inform me that building surveying is a terrible platform for later involvement in property development and that there is a much more logical career path? I am considering looking for work as a non-cognate to test the waters and see if it is for me but I suppose, having already retrained once after my detour through trusts I would appreciate some guidance because I want to go into any interviews and such with my eyes open.

    Any advice or information people might proffer would be greatly appreciated

    ps: I was also wondering if it is necessary to be good at drawing in order to make this a viable career choice? I was never great at art but I assume technical drawing involves the use of equipment (and computer software nowadays?) rather than being free hand? This is probably a stupid question haha


    Most construction details drawn these days, are drawn using some form of computer aided design software.
    AutoCad, Solidworks, Revit are a few of the main pieces of software.

    Its rare these days you see hand drawn details, as its much more time consuming.
    Its usually the older boys who have been in the construction industry for decades and cant switch on a PC never mind using CAD, who draw by hand. Having said that, there is still something about hand drawn details which I like and its a shame its a dying art.

    My advice would be go on Youtube and do a free CAD tutorial. See how you get on.

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