It’s easy for us to get comfortable once we’ve got the job we want or graduated from university. It’s almost like those achievements will carry us through our careers. However this often isn’t the case. As you progress your career in Quantity Surveying, you’ll need to demonstrate your value to employers in other areas. They’ll want to know you’re competent enough to handle the next level of responsibility. That’s why we’ve made this article. We’re going to give you 3 steps to help you accelerate your career in Quantity Surveying.
Step 1 Chartership – According to RICS, chartered professionals earn 38% more than their fellow non-chartered counterparts. However, the reason for this increase isn’t just because of the title. Embarking on a chartership forces you to learn, take on more responsibility and articulate your knowledge, so you can speak with confidence about Quantity Surveying and the industry as a whole. In other words, it gives you the ability to hold your ground and offer coherent advice – skills which will become vital as you progress in your career. There are multiple charterships and routes to choose from, depending on the industry you’re working in,qualifications and years of experience.
Step 2 Learning – This is something step 1 will help you achieve. However, your learning should not just be limited to meeting your chartership requirements. It’s something which never stops. Learning benefits both you and your employer. That’s why many companies encourage employees to enrol on courses – it makes you a better employee. In other words, learning doesn’t just need to be something you do outside of work. It can be integrated into your working week. Speak to your line manager or someone more experienced in your organisation about what your company can offer in terms of learning. Some larger companies even have a learning and development department catered towards this exact thing. There are other things you can do as well such as, online courses, YouTube videos like this one, or even subscribing to monthly journals from professional bodies like CICES.
Step 3 Volunteer – It’s easy when at work to just get lost in your daily tasks. You get comfortable and complacent. However, you always want to be pushing yourself just beyond your capabilities. This is the place where you’re going to see the most growth as an individual.If you find yourself not being challenged in your daily work, then speak to your line manager and ask if you can take on more responsibility. You’ll often find they’ll be happy to hear this, it to shows them you’re determined, and they may actually need some extra support.
You’ll notice a pattern in each of these three steps. They all encourage you to learn and take on more responsibility. Together, they can act as three strong driving forces which your futureself will thank you for acting on.
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