How would you summarise what you do at Carpenter Surveyors?
My role here is trainee surveyor. I am currently working on a number of course-related projects. Over the next six months, I intend to qualify as a surveyor. In addition to assessments, webinars and working on case studies, an examination will be required at the end of the program to become an associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
I’m also shadowing the Carpenter Surveyors team and will use that experience as a case study too.
We have some events and conferences in November and December which I’m looking forward to attending.
How would you describe the culture of Carpenter Surveyors?
I first met Ian Bullock, the Managing Director, and the Carpenter Surveyors team at a SAVA careers fair. Sava provides education, technology, and compliance services to building owners, surveyors and the wider property industry.
When I met the team, they really stood out. This is a very friendly, supportive, and approachable company with an unrivalled team and experience in the field. In addition to providing me with the equipment I need to begin, they have been very welcoming.
What’s your favourite part of being a surveyor?
I really enjoy working independently, coming from a job working with lots of people as a Property Services Manager.
I have an interest in the pathology of buildings. This gives a holistic approach to studying and understanding buildings of all types, and in particular, building defects and associated remedial action. I enjoy working with historic buildings and learning how construction has developed through the years.
Surveying is never-ending learning. I listen to a lot of podcasts with experienced surveyors and it really is a role where you’re constantly learning. No day is ever the same.
What inspires you?
The team inspires me and I am learning a great deal from them. I find it rewarding to learn about the industry and to be in a position that provides the right work-life balance for my future.
What are your favourite activities outside of work?
I’ve just completed the London Marathon, and am raising money for the charity Home-Start, a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times.
I’m also putting on a music event as an additional fundraiser to help reach my £2,000 target in November. I play folk music with my band and play the guitar, mandolin, violin and sing as well!
I also enjoy rugby, playing for Shottery RFC based in Stratford-upon-Avon.