Bit of back story first,
I'm in a bit of dilemma. I completed my first year on a QS degree. I started work as a commercial assistant with a small main contractor about 3 months ago. I'm not finding the work engaging.
I'm 28 and an ex-builder and find myself missing being on site and getting stuck in.
I really enjoyed my first year at university particularly the law side of it but I'm already becoming restless at work. I was told by a few people that QS work can be tedious but my where I see myself in the future sort of fit with the job.
I ultimately want to be freelance. I'm attracted to the freedom this is will give me. I want to work hard for a portion of the year then travel for the rest. So the money and job opportunities being a freelance QS really appealed.
I've recently been looking at Civil Engineering and it's freelance prospects. The job itself seems to appeals allot more to me. I love science and construction and I wish I'd considered civil engineering fully before applying for a QS degree.
So question is what are the prospect like for a freelance civil engineer? Is it the right move to be changing degrees at 28? Has anyone got any experience as a freelance QS or a QS within a large firm? If so can you tell me how you find it?
Thanks for reading,
Quantity Surveyor or Civil Engineering
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