Project Management, Building Surveying or Quantity Surveying?Watch
I have a Project management degree (built env) and am not sure whether to focus on project management, building surveying or quantity surveying as a career?
I am tempted by PM but not sure if it's wise to specialise so early (is it better paid than QS?) BS appeals but I know moneys not good, as for QS, it pays more I know, but I have no desire for int'l travel or multinational projects. ? I am aware that I could chose either BS or QS then go into PM but can't decide which to chose.
In the future I'd like to get into property development and refurbish and/or speculatively develop property myself so which would best equip me for this PM, BS or QS?
I could do with your suggestions - what would you choose and why?
I'm thinking about doing a foundation degree in Building Surveying for 2 years before hopefully studying for a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying at Brighton Uni. I think building surveying covers a good range of subjects and would probably be more useful for property development.
Is there a great difference salary wise between project managers, building surveyors and quantity surveyors? To be honest I'm not too bothered about salary, as long as I enjoy what I'm doing then that's all that matters. I plan to become a building surveyor and do property development in my spare time.
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has studied any of the above or has any advice for us...
I want to become a PM one day, I thought I needed to get technical first, which will help in property development. A lot of PM where I work, are not very technical, nor fully understand the accounting/ law side from QS, but they do have an idea - hence - you will have principle/ lead PM, senior PM, assistant PM, and a whole bunch of graduate trainees.
I believe the straight to PM route is tough, so much competition, a lot of applicants with no experience in the field, but if you do manage to get yourself I.e. a graduate programme, then you have an head start. Otherwise, you can start slowly through working as a building surveyor, and work up to become a PM one day. - thats if you want to become a PM. All the senior BS i know, love their jobs, and dont want to get into the politics and the accounting side of new development.
Hope this help.