Getting ready for your RICS APC Final Assessment session 2? Need help ?

Its a tough process and gruelling for some people with jobs that demanding time.
Good news, according to the Oyster Partnership recruitment company, Charter Surveyors are in high demand and can not see a drop off.

With weeks to go and not years or months, we must focus on the reason your here at this post.
I’m going to give you some advices, pinched it from Jon Lever FRICS and Assessor of the actual assessors.
Take the week off or ask for study leave. Seriously this is a milestone in life.
Treat the final weeks as a job, work 7-8 hrs a day and 5 hrs at a weekend. With a job you expect a break. Pick something you like, good outside and get some air.
Practise in this time, Jon recommends at least nearly 40 times run through of the presentation. I know I was shocked.
Don’t blag it, it’ll not cut. They have seen and heard everything. There is no short cut.

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This weeks ‘Guest Blog’ – Graduate Surveying Advice

On Friday 20 May, RICS Recruit hosted its very first Twitter Q&A on the topic of Graduate Surveying Advice.  Graduate Surveyors founder Shyam Visavadia answered questions from recent graduates around the globe.

What is the process for becoming registered as an RICS Surveyor?

It’s simple – just follow the ‘Which assessment is right for you?‘ online wizard.

Generally, you need to be employed to start your APC. My employer took responsibility for formally registering and paying for my membership. If you meet one of these criteria you can enrol now and start the process.

From a recent graduate: “I have an MBA from RICS SBE & a B Tech in Civil Engineering.
Should I do another course to help find a job?”  

Academic and practical work experience goes hand in hand. Employers are looking at how your academic knowledge can be transferable in the real world to create tangible value.

Where are the best places for students to find tips on applications?  

There are various sources you can use including LinkedIn and Job Board websites. RICS Recruit puts out a lot of great advice which can be found here.

 

Would you advise young graduates to look overseas for a graduate career, from your experience in the Middle East?

Definitely. I took my surveying career abroad within the first 18 months of starting my career. Make a plan to ensure the decision is in line with your long-term career aspirations. Remember the novelty of moving abroad can quickly diminish. You can find more information here.

What are the best avenues for networking events where you can get senior professional’s advice on careers?

For me, there were three key areas: career mentor, global LinkedIn network, and RICS Matrics.

What advice would you give to non-cognate degree holders who wish to pursue a career in QS/PM?

I actually came into the industry as a non-cognate. Whilst conducting work experience I registered myself onto an RICS accredited distance learning course.

Some employers actually sponsor non-cognate students. My employer sponsored me once I got a position on their Graduate Scheme – financially this was a great help.

How can I improve my social media profile to help with my job search? 

Having a good quality, professional and up to date profile picture and relevant content is key. You can find some of my top tips/advice here and here.

What is the best way to get a surveying job abroad?

There are a number of ways to get a surveying job abroad. I was employed by a global company and was fortunate to take up opportunities in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. LinkedIn is a great platform to reach out to recruiters and employers abroad. You can also find surveying jobs around the globe on RICSRecruit.com.


DeLever – Oyster Partnership   Jake Major is working to improve how candidates get prepared. oyster


 

What’s the best way to answer ‘What is your present salary’ in a job interview?

It is important that you are honest. Employers and recruiters alike are totally aware of what the market is paying for someone with your experience. Be prepared – conduct market research, speak to recruiters, and review salary guidelines. The RICS and MacDonald & Company Rewards and Attitudes Survey is a great resource to find out the latest salary information.

Huge thanks to Shyam from Graduate Surveyors – LinkedIn profile
In 2011, Shyam founded ‘Graduate Surveyors’; an advice-focused platform for Generation Y professionals interested in pursuing a career in property, real estate, and construction. Today, Graduate Surveyors is a global brand attracting more than 2500+ followers worldwide. Shyam is an avid blog writer and networker, and this has led him to build strong relationships with influential policy makers and advocates.

JON LEVER Tip of the week

Have you got the free stuff ? No ? then go and get it !

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TIP of the Week  

Prepare prepare and prepare !

Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation. I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this.

Preparing for the Final Assessment

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If you bring a flip chart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is to make sure that you practice to polish your performance and get your timings right.

Make sure you understand and know the RICS Rules of Conduct and Global Ethical Standards as they are one of the key areas of APC knowledge and experience that if you get wrong at the final assessment you will be referred. Make sure you have the latest version and discuss the Rules of Conduct and Ethics with your supervisor and counsellor at your 3 monthly meetings; you can probably record this as ‘formal learning’ in your CPD

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Jon Lever FRICS discusses typical submission document tips and pitfallsSend Jon your documents and he may pick examples and offer guidance for improvement
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Jon Lever’s 6 must-do things to make sure you Understand the APC Process

Jon Lever’s 6 must-do

Things to make sure you Understand the APC Process

1/ It is so important to understand the APC process.

No matter which route you are following, the APC is not easy and requires effort and preparation. So many candidates are referred because they have not understood the process and what is expected of them.

2/ Make sure you have read the RICS APC Guides and fully understand them.
RICS Enrolment Guide [link to http://buff.ly/204GHnd%5D

RICS Pathway Guides [http://buff.ly/204GHnf]

RICS Senior Professional Guides [http://buff.ly/204GHUg]

RICS Final Assessment Guide [http://buff.ly/1nnZ2xB]

3/ Take control of your APC and manage the process.

Set meetings with your supervisor and counsellor, monitor the amount of experience you are gaining against each of your competencies and levels.

4/ DeLever Timeline Wallchart get this to keep you on track 

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6/ Understand your competencies and levels
Keep up to date, make sure you both formally meet your supervisor every three months and that you record your competency experience regularly and frequently.
Try and get an even spread of experience across your technical competencies and levels, speak to your supervisor about any deficiencies early.
Think about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and make sure you record enough

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Jon Lever’s 6 must-do things to make sure you Understand the APC Process

It is so important to understand the APC process.  No matter which route you are following, the APC is not easy and requires effort and preparation. So many candidates are referred because they have not understood the process and what is expected of them.

  1. Make sure you have read the RICS APC Guides and fully understand them.

RICS Enrolment Guide  [link to http://www.rics.org/uk/join/member-mrics/]

RICS Pathway Guides  [http://www.rics.org/uk/apc/pathway-guides]

RICS Senior Professional Guides   [http://www.rics.org/uk/apc/senior-professional-candidate-support/]

RICS Final Assessment Guide   [http://www.rics.org/Global/Final%20Assessment%20Guide%20Aug%202015%20UK.pdf]

  1. Take control of your APC and manage the process.  Set meetings with your supervisor and counsellor, monitor the amount of experience you are gaining against each of your competencies and levels.

DeLever Timeline Wallchart

myAPCDiary

  1. Understand your competencies and levels, more on this on the update next week.
  1. Keep up to…

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Jon Lever’s focus on the final assessment interview …
Structure of the final assessment
At the assessment centre you must first register with the RICS reception administrators who will direct you to the waiting room. When it’s time, you will be asked to go to your interview room. Usually there are three assessors including the chairman, but there may only be two. The chairman explains the assessment process and then you deliver your presentation, followed by 5 to 10 minutes of questions on your Case Study and presentation. Then 30 minutes of knowledge and experience based questions focusing on your declared competencies.  Finally, the chairman covers the RICS Rules of Conduct and Ethics, these can also appear throughout the assessment.  At the end of the assessment the chairman will give you the opportunity for any last comments and, if appropriate, revisits any questions that were passed over during the interview. The RICS informs you of the assessment result at a later date.
Final Assessment questioning
Over the years I have trained over 5,000 RICS members to be APC assessors and chairmen.  Part of the training focuses on the issue of competency based questioning.  The assessors are expected to provide candidates with clear, concise questions relating to their competency knowledge and experience.  You will be asked to explain your understanding, experience, advice and actions and give opinions and generally explain how you would undertake your business professionally.  Make sure you have plenty of competency experience project examples to discuss with the assessors.  Remember anything you have included in your submission documents could be the basis for a question at the final assessment.
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