Deepika utilised networking opportunities to meet industry professionals and gain a summer internship, which led to her graduate job as an assistant quantity surveyor
How did you get your job?
During my time at university, I attended a variety of networking events and employability workshops. I also had appointments with the university's career consultants for advice and help when applying for jobs.
During a university 'Women in the Built Environment' event, I met some wonderful industry professionals, including someone from Arcadis. This led to me applying for the university's 'Women in the Built Environment Competition', of which the prize was a summer internship with Arcadis. The internship led to the job I have now with the company.
How relevant is your MSc to your job?
The MSc Quantity Surveying course at Nottingham Trent University is for students who have an interest in construction consultancy and cost management, and the motivation to pursue an intensive route to professional qualifications.
The programme content covered the relevant knowledge and skills required by a practicing quantity surveyor.
What's a typical day like as a quantity surveyor?
A quantity surveyor is one of the most important roles in any building project, whether it's a new build, restoration or maintenance project. You are responsible for accurately assessing costs and managing the financial aspects of a project.
My role involves working with clients, building valuations and variations, to ensure that feasible and affordable cost options meet the construction project requirements.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I love being involved in new projects. I am very excited to be working on new cost plans for different projects, with many feasibility options. Arcadis is very supportive with career development, and is a sociable environment to work in, helping to create a great work/life balance.
I find that working as a part of team really helps to build my practical knowledge.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
I want to be a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) certified chartered quantity surveyor and working in consultancy at management level.
What advice can you give to others?
The key to success is to gain as much practical experience as you can while studying and make the most of any networking opportunities with professionals in the industry.