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Talk to me about graduate careers, please. Esp RICS
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verysour · 14/10/2015 00:13

Is there a careers section on MN. I can't find it.

Is anyone knowledgeable about getting into surveying. DS has been toying with the idea for a few years but didn't want to commit to a relevant degree so is doing a non-accredited subject instead. It seems to be an absolute minefield trying to sort out which companies do which sort of (the many, many different types of) surveying and which take non-accredited students. The route doesn't seem as obvious as it does for things like accountancy or law.
Is there any easy way to sort the wheat from the chaff. I tried asking the RICS but they weren't any help, they don't seem to organise any careers fairs or brand awareness conventions.
Anybody got any helpful comments.

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Decorhate · 14/10/2015 07:03

I used to work in a related field (that included some surveying). Most people working as building or land surveyors would have a degree in that field or you could do a general engineering degree and specialise afterwards. I would expect that there are also non-graduate roles too (there certainly used to be 25 years ago).

Maybe contact a local further education college to see what is on offer. Or if there is a local company contact them to see what they suggest. Or just look on their website to see what qualifications they ask for when recruiting?

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mayfly66 · 14/10/2015 08:02

Surveying is a very diverse profession which is reflected in the multiple "specialisms" within RICS and represented by its strapline which embraces "Land, Property and Construction". The work undertaken by Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors is usually linked to the construction industry; General Practice surveyors (of which there are different specialisms!) work in the valuation and management of property and Land and Hydrographic surveyors undertake mapping of the earths surface.

Entry to the major firms in particular does not always require a specific degree. Like Lawyers and Accountants, RICS recognises the value of non-cognate degree entry. There are a range of post-grad degrees which can be Employer-sponsored, full or part-time (usually a 1 yr FT or 2 yr PT MSc) leading to Chartered status after obtaining relevant professional experience.

My suggestion would be to decide which of the three key areas (Land, Property or Construction) he wishes to explore and then make contact with the main surveying firms through their websites which should contain details of their graduate entry schemes.

If you need more detail, VS, drop me a PM.

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verysour · 14/10/2015 09:05

You have it exactly mayfly. It is very diverse. Too diverse? It's difficult to see the wood for the trees.
Thanks for responses so far. I need to go to work now but will be back later.

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verysour · 14/10/2015 19:06

Have pm'd you mayfly

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