More about Hannah
“I wanted to study on a course which was RICS accredited. NTU also had the option of completing an internship instead of a dissertation, something that other universities did not offer. The internship option is the main reason that I chose NTU.
“The course staff are knowledgeable and helpful. It helps to have staff which have practised in the industry, rather than being purely academics.
“If you want a job in the construction industry and think that Quantity Surveying is suited to you, then I would suggest doing this course. The amount of interest that employers show in you, means that you are hard pushed not to secure a job before the end of exams in June. NTU carries a good reputation in the industry and many employers have other team members who have come from NTU.
Has the course given you any job opportunities?
“I have been offered 11 interviews, with various Quantity Surveying companies between October and February (after starting the course in October). I was offered two Graduate Quantity Surveyor roles before Christmas, one with a main contractor and one with a consultancy firm, after attending their interviews. I accepted the job with the consultancy firm in January.
“The amount of employers who wanted to interview me because I was studying this course was unbelievable. The fact that I was so in demand meant that I could be picky about where I wanted to get a job and what sort of company I wanted to work for, this is something that graduates want but never actually get to experience.
How do you think the course will aid your career progression?
“This course will allow me to start my pathway to chartership status almost straight away. I should be able to sit my APC in two years. Without this RICS accredited degree, it would have taken me five years before I could sit my APC. Taking a year out of work to go back and study for this degree has definitely accelerated my career progression.
I already held a postgraduate qualification, though it was too general and I found it difficult applying it to job roles. However, employers like to see a postgraduate qualification and it does help push you past those with just an undergraduate degree. In hindsight I wish I had done my MSc Quantity Surveying qualification straight after my undergraduate degree instead of my first postgraduate qualification.”