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Case Study: Caroline Moran

Personal details
Degree:Ma Management & Italian Profile picture
School(s): School of Management, School of Modern Languages
Year of Graduation:Jun-2005
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Dawnus Construction UK
Job title: Quantity Surveyor
Occupational Sector: Surveying
What has been your route to getting your current position?
Undertaking a training course in QS at Vinci Construction and self study to get my MSc in Quantity Surveying
What does your job involve ?
Commercial management of a construction project.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Delivering a project on time and in profit. Measurement & tendering.
Why were you successful?
Working in a construction related industry prior to starting at Vinci. You can train from scratch and there are many different programmes.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Nothing directly related, however the general skills you learn at uni like team work etc have helped.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
It's hard work & long hours I work 8 - 6 plus more when busy. You have to be flexible and when you finish a project have to move to the next one which could be a long commute from home. No real social life at work. It's an environment full of prejudice against everything and lots of old school & old boy attitudes prevail. I've had people walk out on my because they won't talk to a woman in a man's job and seen open racism / sexism etc at times on a daily basis. There is also a deep seated distrust of education over experience. Having said that every day is different and you are never bored plus have the opportunity to create and develop interesting structures. I've worked on the Olympics, grade 2 listed houses and massive hospitals. I enjoy it especially the front end procurement side, not so much the bun fight over money that ensues between yourself and the client or subcontractors. If you like construction it's a fairly interesting career. You have to be prepared to muck in and may spend lots of your time on site or on a manky office balancing your laptop on your knee drinking very strong tea whilst the foreman tells a filthy joke and the next day be in your suit meeting the client's QS to try and claim 2 million in work for that month. It's different and there are lots of opportunities to work abroad.