I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2014 with a BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying. I accepted Kier’s offer to join the Graduate Programme because I could see that the company was growing and that there were lots of opportunities to take my career in different directions. In fact, what I appreciate most about Kier is the opportunities you have to get involved with a range of things outside of your core responsibilities.
My core role is to be responsible for the commercial aspects of different construction projects worked on in the Aberdeen office. One of my current projects is the Aberdeen Music Hall, which will involve demolition and excavation work and the restoration of original features at the concert hall. I work on a number of projects simultaneously and I split my time between working in the office and visiting construction sites. On smaller projects, I’m the only Quantity Surveyor but on larger ones I work in a team of two or three. As a contrast, I visited Crossrail for three days to work with their commercial team – they work in teams of hundreds.
Even now, I ask lots of questions and I’d advise you to do the same when starting out. If you understand the different perspectives and responsibilities of other professionals, it helps you to give them the information they need and to build better relationships. Plus, people respect you more for saying you don’t know rather than pretending.