We have all heard of surveyors, indeed many of us have employed one when buying a property or planning a building project. How many of us really know what they do or what training they have had? Getting a job as a building surveyor takes years of study and professional examination before you even make it as far as the job market.
What do surveyors do?
There are many different types of surveyor who deal with issues ranging from rural land development to geomatics. A building surveyor's specific duties involve working with architects and construction teams to ensure the safety and compliance of new properties and amendments to existing buildings. This is a very complicated job as it requires a deep knowledge of building materials, techniques, architectural sympathy and the ability to interact successfully with quantity surveys, builders, local councils and the public.
The training you need
A career in chartered surveying requires planning and forethought. The first step is to attain a good degree in a subject accredited by RICS (the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). Candidates then embark on a two-year training course during which they are monitored by a mentor who will keep a record of their progress. The second year contains 96 hours of targeted professional development and ends with the submission of a 3000 word dissertation. There are variations to these requirements based on industry experience, details of which can be found on the RICS website. Completion of these steps will entitle you to use the letters MRICS (Member of RICS) after your name. Training is ongoing throughout your career with the Institution requiring members to complete regular updates to ensure their professionalism.
Finding a job
The major benefit of a career in surveying is that there will always be a need for these professionals. The range of skills that surveyors possess are in demand whatever the state of the marketplace.
The best place to start looking for a position is on the Ricsrecruit.com website. This is the official RICS job site and has vacancies in all areas of surveying (including foreign placements).
Jobsinsurveying.co.uk is part of an independent group of professional employment sites which specialise in matching candidates to prime industry positions. This particular site also includes a CV builder with advice on how best to present yourself and links to further training and development. Edenbrown.com Edenbrown.com are a specialist building industry recruitment firm who have long standing partnerships with local authorities, housing associations, public companies and private consultancies. These connections allow them access to a variety of surveying positions across the country and makes them a great resource for the job seeker.