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Grace Osunneye - Cadet Quantity Surveyor

Grace Osenneye - web.jpgGrace is a current Quantity Surveying cadet who has also been awarded with the “Donald Cant Watts Corke RMIT Scholarship” for 2018.

Here are her thoughts on the program:

1.  Why did you decide to apply for a Cadetship at Donald Cant
Watts Corke?

I applied for the cadetship position because I wanted to gain a practical insight into the construction industry. As a university student, who started my degree directly after completing high school, I hoped to broaden my experience in regards to understanding my future as a professional in the industry. The cadetship was a chance for me to learn this, while applying what I was being taught at university.

2. Describe a typical day for you.

My days tend to start with either being assigned onto a new project or resume one which I have been previously working on. Due to the uniqueness of each job, each day poses new challenges and opportunities to learn something new. Some days involve me assessing variations and tender submissions, while others are spent on site or liaising with various suppliers. I am constantly given the chance to develop new skills in a practical environment.

3. What drew you to a career in Quantity Surveying?

I find quantity surveying interesting because it presents the prospect of acquiring a holistic understanding of the industry. It provides the chance to work with a variety of professionals who specialise in different aspects of a project. What I find most appealing about quantity surveying is that it often involves the application of several skills such as interpersonal, managerial and technical skills simultaneously, allowing me to consistently expand my capabilities. It is also a field that offers a good balance between autonomous work and collaborations.

4. What is the structure of the program?

The structure of the program involves being assigned to a company director who is able to oversee my progression as a cadet and advise me on the achieving of a good work/study balance. The projects I work on are based on the workload requirements and areas I can improve on my inexperience. I also have a mentor who I have scheduled meetings with and is willing to answer my more in-depth questions.

5. What do you see as the main benefits of the program to your future career?

The further I progress in the program, the more confident I become in my potential as a future professional. The opportunities I have access to and learn from, such as large scale projects in almost every sector of the construction industry, are one of a kind and have reaffirmed my passion for this career path.

6. What are you enjoying most about your experience?

My favourite part of the experience is definitely the variety. The range of people I am able to interact with and learn from are invaluable to my growth. I also enjoy that I am able to apply my theoretical knowledge from university in a practical environment, whilst still given the freedom in how I choose to do so.

7. What have you found to be some of the challenges?

The initial challenge was realising how limited my knowledge was. I often felt a self-inflicted burden to apply experience I did not have. But once I cultivated the habit of consistently asking questions and being proactive about addressing the extent of my limitations early on, I found it easier to improve.

8. As a young Project Manager where do you see yourself in five years?

I definitely see myself working on large scale developments and learning something new every day. My long term goal is to go back to Nigeria and apply my experience in a fast-paced, and highly intense environment. So in five years, I expect to be refining the ways I can maximise my competence in those situations.

9. What advice/tips would you give to future Cadets?

The main thing would be to ask as many questions as possible. You are provided with a gold mine of resources, so it is important to make sure it does not go to waste. Stay motivated but avoid being overly critical of yourself, because it will most likely begin as an unfamiliar learning curve. But most importantly enjoy the process and appreciate those who are there to support you through it.

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