"I always knew I wanted to work in construction. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to be involved in the industry. National Certificate: Built Environment offered a taster of different things. It allowed me to try a bit of everything and see what was right for me. There were some aspects that I really liked and others that definitely weren’t for me. It was after this that I decided quantity surveying was what I wanted to do.
"The first year of HND: Quantity Surveying is quite general for all aspects of technical construction – architecture, quantity surveying, etc. – and the second year is then tailored to quantity surveying, and this means that you get a good grounding before being able to specialise.
"It’s a great course and I’m really enjoying it, especially the Quantity Surveying Practice and Computer Aided Design (CAD). These are things that I now use all the time at work.
"I work as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor at Fife Council and attend college on a Day Release basis as I complete my HND. I think this is the ideal way to study, as my work and studies complement each other really well. On one hand, being on-site and seeing how things are done helps with my college work and learning the theory. And, on the other hand, learning so much at college helps me to better understand things I encounter at work, and I can apply the things I’m learning.
"I’m looking forward to completing my HND and moving on to study towards a degree and also to forging a career in quantity surveying."