“Straight from high school I came to Fife College to study an NC in Engineering. I was hoping to become a Petroleum Engineer, but unfortunately it quickly became clear that engineering wasn’t for me.
“The staff at the College helped me to move into National Certificate: Built Environment, instead, in order to become a Quantity Surveyor.
“I then moved on to HND: Quantity Surveying once I completed the NC, and my next step will be going to uni.
“I’ll be starting my degree at Edinburgh Napier in 3rd year after finishing my HND. This is possible due to the College’s links with the uni.
“I’ll be at Napier for three years to complete my degree as I’ll be studying part-time while working at Fife Council.
“I’m a Trainee Quantity Surveyor here at the Council. It’s a three year fixed term position to allow me to complete my degree.
“On a day to day basis, my job involves paying invoices, taking off technical drawings, measuring technical drawings, transferring that information onto take-off sheets, and working closely with sub-contractors.
“I think that a lot of the stuff I covered on my HND, and stuff the lecturers at the College taught me, has really prepared me for the world of work. A lot of the skills I learned were totally transferrable.
“I see a lot of the things I learned at college cropping up more and more in my work. At college, I wasn’t always sure how individual subjects would benefit me as a quantity surveyor, but every single one of the subjects covered on the HND have come together in my current role.
“Studying at college not only got me the qualification I needed for university, it also set me up perfectly for a professional career.”