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Scott Kaus - Cadet Quantity Surveyor

Scott is working in the Brisbane office part time as a Cadet Scott Kaus, Cadet Quantity SurveyorQuantity Surveyor while completing his Bachelor of Urban Development at Queensland University of Technology. 

Here are his thoughts on the program:

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

I was at the stage where I was looking for work experience opportunities and I had already met some of the Donald Cant Watts Corke team through networking events and site visits. They all spoke very highly of their workplace which pushed me to do my own research. I was impressed with what I learnt and decided Donald Cant Watts Corke was the best place to start my work experience.

2. Describe a typical day for you.

Each day I'm given tasks that will genuinely help the team complete important projects. Senior team members will assign a task that challenges me, builds my knowledge but ultimately contributes to a project, which gives me a real sense of involvement. The tasks could be anything from writing up a cost plan for a new development to closing accounts as a post-contract service.

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

I understood the role of a Quantity Surveyor held an integral part of any construction project. They liaise with clients and contractors to shed light on an accurate costing to an acute detail. As someone who is detail oriented, the role of a Quantity Surveyor ticks all of the boxes.

4. What is the structure of the program?

The structure of the program covers what I learn in university but in a much greater detail. Tasks are given to push the limits of my ability and confidence. The program is also great for developing non-technical skills and business skills, particularly establishing relationships with clients. It's also important that the program is flexible, allowing me to easily stay on top of all my studies.

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

Being surrounded by experienced staff members with a diverse depth of knowledge and the opportunity to work on lots of different complex projects gives me an amazing opportunity to develop my own knowledge and skills.

6. What are you enjoying most about your experience?

The working environment at Donald Cant Watts Corke is open and very collaborative. I really appreciate being able to approach everyone in the office and tap into their knowledge. Everyone works together and are always learning and teaching one another.

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

Time management. When I have several tasks to complete for different projects and staff members, it’s a bit of a challenge knowing what to prioritise. It's an important learning process that I wouldn't have had exposure to without being on the Cadet Program, and as a result, I’m now beginning to get better at understanding which tasks are more important and prioritising them whilst still chipping away at others.

8. As a young Quantity Surveyor where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself in a more senior position, passing on my experience and helping new cadets get up on their feet.

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

Don’t be afraid to asks questions for anything you're working on. Donald Cant Watts Corke is filled with experts in many sectors of the construction industry who are more than happy to help. 

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