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Looking for advice I’m looking to change university course and do postgrad quantity surveying. Anyone ever done this and how easy is it to get a job? I’m 38 years old and a bit worried about making the switch

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Don’t be worried, I did it at 37!! I completed my MSC in QS two months ago (full time) whilst working. It’s totallt doable. There’s lots of opportunities now to get on to a degree apprenticeship or, apply for a Trainee position - these are usually within the tier 1 contractors. I personally would advise to contact the HR department of every contractor you know, explain you would like to undertake a Trainee placement whilst studying. Get yourself on LinkedIn and start networking!! I was on course to do an MBA, and realised soon enough it wouldn’t help with getting a career, so I enrolled on the QS masters instead. Best thing I ever did. PM me if you want to discuss further
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Looking for advice I’m looking to change university course and do postgrad quantity surveying. Anyone ever done this and how easy is it to get a job? I’m 38 years old and a bit worried about making the switch

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I've worked with loads of quantity surveyors, what are your previous qualifications and work experience?
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I've worked with loads of quantity surveyors, what are your previous qualifications and work experience?
Hi, I have an honours degree in electrical/electronic engineering and have worked on a construction site as a trainee electrician. I also have sales experience form working in the customer service sector. I left the position as an electrician due to having to relocate and couldn’t because of my young daughter
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Hi, I have an honours degree in electrical/electronic engineering and have worked on a construction site as a trainee electrician. I also have sales experience form working in the customer service sector. I left the position as an electrician due to having to relocate and couldn’t because of my young daughter
You should be a super attractive candidate. Any reason for doing a masters rather than just applying for some jobs?
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You should be a super attractive candidate. Any reason for doing a masters rather than just applying for some jobs?
To be honest I have no clue who to apply to or what I can offer. I must admit I’m not very good at selling myself. I thought by getting the qualification i would be a more attractive candidate for a trainee QS..would love to do a little voluntary experience with a company to see if its a fit and had sent a request to a couple of companies but got no reply 😢
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To be honest I have no clue who to apply to or what I can offer. I must admit I’m not very good at selling myself. I thought by getting the qualification i would be a more attractive candidate for a trainee QS..would love to do a little voluntary experience with a company to see if its a fit and had sent a request to a couple of companies but got no reply 😢
Which part of the country are you in? Have you tried agencies? I'd also check on reed.co.uk - set up searches for 'quantity surveyor' and 'commerical manager'.
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Which part of the country are you in? Have you tried agencies? I'd also check on reed.co.uk - set up searches for 'quantity surveyor' and 'commerical manager'.
I’m in Scotland...I did some
General search’s and all
companies seem to be looking for RICS qualifies etc where can I find agency names...I’ve honestly got no clue who they are 🤦*♂️
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I’m in Scotland...I did some
General search’s and all
companies seem to be looking for RICS qualifies etc where can I find agency names...I’ve honestly got no clue who they are 🤦*♂️
Well, from a quick check Hays seem to have a large market presence in Scotland. Basically you can look for specialist QS agencies as they might have a client looking for someone who can support them with admin while they learn something. A lot of people I've known just got an entry level admin job through an agency (generally one that supplies building/ construction staff), then got taken on permenant and worked their way up.
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Well, from a quick check Hays seem to have a large market presence in Scotland. Basically you can look for specialist QS agencies as they might have a client looking for someone who can support them with admin while they learn something. A lot of people I've known just got an entry level admin job through an agency (generally one that supplies building/ construction staff), then got taken on permenant and worked their way up.
Ah I see great I shall check them out and call no harm in doing so. Thanks for your help really appreciate it
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Ah I see great I shall check them out and call no harm in doing so. Thanks for your help really appreciate

To be a QS, you need a Quantity Surveying degree (under graduate OR postgraduate), I’m surprised the other poster didn’t spot that lol

A Masters QS, is ideal for those who already have an undergraduate degree, like yourself.
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(Original post by ScouseEmma28)To be a QS, you need a Quantity Surveying degree (under graduate OR postgraduate), I’m surprised the other poster didn’t spot that lol


You really dont. Its not a protected title. I dont think many of the QSs I've worked with had either. Might differ in heavy construction, but even there there seem to be lots who studied Civil Engineering or came off the tools.
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I think this has already been covered, but it's well worth approaching as many local contractors to see if they are currently looking for (or would consider) a trainee/assistant based role where you could undertake the degree part time, or masters if you already carry a degree. Many firms prefer this method rather than taking on graduates that do not have the work experience, or work experience limited to one year with a tier 1 contractor, and they can train you 'their way'. Do not believe that better wages are achieved with bigger companies, in a smaller firm you can become more valuable and undertake a more varied role especially with your existing technical knowledge. As you already have a strong electrical background it would be well worth approaching M&E contractors as you could have a lot to offer here.

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I think this has already been covered, but it's well worth approaching as many local contractors to see if they are currently looking for (or would consider) a trainee/assistant based role where you could undertake the degree part time, or masters if you already carry a degree. Many firms prefer this method rather than taking on graduates that do not have the work experience, or work experience limited to one year with a tier 1 contractor, and they can train you 'their way'. Do not believe that better wages are achieved with bigger companies, in a smaller firm you can become more valuable and undertake a more varied role especially with your existing technical knowledge. As you already have a strong electrical background it would be well worth approaching M&E contractors as you could have a lot to offer here.

Laura.
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yeah thats the only way I’d do this postgrad course. The course doesn’t offer any placement which is a bit crap. Any of you know if I’d get a quantity surveyor job after doing the postgraduate if I didn’t gain experience during the masters?
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Hi,

yeah thats the only way I’d do this postgrad course. The course doesn’t offer any placement which is a bit crap. Any of you know if I’d get a quantity surveyor job after doing the postgraduate if I didn’t gain experience during the masters?
Why not get a job and do the masters part time? Are you sure the masters will make you more employable?

Whether you get a job will depend a lot on location and how busy the building industry is. Given you've worked in the sector do you have contacts you can speak with for local advice?
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Why not get a job and do the masters part time? Are you sure the masters will make you more employable?

Whether you get a job will depend a lot on location and how busy the building industry is. Given you've worked in the sector do you have contacts you can speak with for local advice?
Yeah would Defo be doing it part time. The masters would certainly make me employable as I have no qualification needed for QS yet.

I have bee contacting some people but it’s not looking promising so far. I’m looking to be in the property sector.

i spoke to HAYS recruitment and the lady said to search for QS consultancies in Glasgow. So hopefully can contact some people
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Yeah would Defo be doing it part time. The masters would certainly make me employable as I have no qualification needed for QS yet.
You have an engineering degree! Thats a great qualification for entry level QS job. I've looked on Indeed and found several jobs you could apply for and only looked at the first few pages. Yes - you'll get rejections where they find someone with more experience, but it gives you a chance to contact companies which are recruiting. Maybe they have a different job, or a temporary position you could fill?
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You have an engineering degree! Thats a great qualification for entry level QS job. I've looked on Indeed and found several jobs you could apply for and only looked at the first few pages. Yes - you'll get rejections where they find someone with more experience, but it gives you a chance to contact companies which are recruiting. Maybe they have a different job, or a temporary position you could fill?
Yeah defo...Can I ask what the jobs were you found was it trainee QS or something else? Thanks for your help btw
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Yeah defo...Can I ask what the jobs were you found was it trainee QS or something else? Thanks for your help btw
I searched under 'surveyor' and 'qs' - two separate searches - for Glasgow and looked at anything with words like 'assistant' or 'trainee' or 'graduate'. Worth opening the ads as many need less experience than the headline would suggest.
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I've worked with loads of quantity surveyors, what are your previous qualifications and work experience?
Hi, I am a Quantity Surveying student in Manchester. Can I ask is it difficult to get an industrial placement?
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