This week’s Guest blog come from Sean Hughes BSc Hons Maintenance Officer at The Richmond Fellowship Scotland.
University to working life,
That’s a daunting process: a long hard process applying for jobs and a nerve-wracking time getting knock back after knock back.
With every interview, there seemed to be more competition and with every unsuccessful application, the pressure began to build. At times, I thought I would never get my first job.
Eventually, I was hired by a residential surveying firm. It lasted a day. I knew straight away that I had entered the wrong discipline and that to continue would be a mistake.
Yes, it had taken me forever just to get this far, but I knew I had to be honest with myself, and with my employer, who was very supportive of my decision. After all, another graduate would slide in and take my place.
Finally – finally – I got my first role as a building surveyor; a diverse and ever-changing role that always keeps me on my toes.
One minute you can be researching construction technologies and the next you could be sent to inspect a storm damaged property; however, it’s this diversity that keeps building surveying interesting. I can speak for myself and say I enjoy the parts in surveying when you’re squeezing through a loft hatch to inspect a leaky roof; that’s what it’s all about.
My university lecturer was a true believer in two types of surveyor: a shirt and tie surveyor and a boiler suit surveyor, and I can truly say I’m a boiler suit surveyor. It wasn’t until a few months into my new job I actually realised what he meant; a boiler suit surveyor is a surveyor who doesn’t mind getting under floors, in roof spaces and getting himself dirty to find the source of a problem.
That’s me. And finally, I’m happy.