Meet KCC’s graduate surveyors
Kempton Carr Croft has been recruiting graduates for the past 25 years and provide on the job experience and coaching to complete the assessment of professional competence (APC) that surveyors need to be awarded Chartered Status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Graduate Surveyors at KCC rotate through various departments at the firm including building surveying, valuation and general practice to ensure they experience a variety of surveying disciplines. They gain real life work experience as they shadow experienced Chartered Building Surveyors and Valuers.
Here, KCC’s 2016/7 graduate intake, Rob Hutchins and Steven McCormack share how they ended up at KCC on their journey to becoming Chartered Surveyors;
Case Study: Rob Hutchins BSc (Hons)
Like many young people, I was never really sure what I wanted to do when I finished school. During a week’s work experience during my A-Levels in the valuation and regeneration department at a top firm property firm in London, I got to visit some amazing buildings and meet some very interesting people and knew that a job that combined these aspects could be a good fit for my skill set, personality and interests.
I have always had an interest in buildings, especially ones which are unique and a little bit different. Growing up I was very lucky to have travelled around the world to some amazing cities such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Los Angeles, New York and Barcelona. All of these cities have incredible skylines.
If you have an interest in the built environment, my advice is to get an understanding all of the different kinds of roles available to find one that best suits your interests and skillset. Here are just a few of the many opportunities to consider –
BIM- Building Information Modelling – designing internal parts of buildings.
- Agency – Selling/letting properties (either residential or commercial)
- Building Surveying – Identifying issues and defects with properties and being able to advise on resolutions.
- Quantity Surveying – The guys who tell you how much everything is and how many bricks you would need for your build for example.
- Facilities Management – The everyday running of buildings
Case Study: Steven McCormack BSc (Hons)
Leaving high school I can honestly say that I was clueless as to what I wanted my career path to be! I opted to work for a while until I made the decision on what to study at University.
During this time, I worked for a property firm and it was here that I established my passion for property, and in particular surveying. I then found a Real Estate course that included a sandwich year (where you take a year out, between 2nd and 3rd year, to work for 12 months to gain experience) and covered the skills required to be a Surveyor. An added benefit of the course was that it is also accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveying (RICS).
My role at Kempton Carr Croft offers a large amount of autonomy in regards to day to day tasks, appointments and organisation of work. Surveying can be considered a very sociable job, nearly every day you can be out of the office meeting property owners, occupiers, agents, solicitors and surveyors looking at all sorts of property, from small garages to huge 1,500 square meter warehouses or offices.
If you have an interest in land and property surveying is definitely a career to consider!