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Vincent Caspe - Cadet Quantity Surveyor

Vincent-Caspe-Colour_PNG_400w-2.pngVincent is in the third year of his Construction Project Management degree at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has joined Donald Cant Watts Corke as a Cadet Quantity Surveyor in a part-time capacity, whilst completing his final year of study.

Here are his thoughts on the program:

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

As a current third year student, I found it was an appropriate time to apply what I have learnt thus far in a practical environment. Having heard about the invaluable experience from a former cadet at Donald Cant Watts Corke, I realised that this would be the perfect opportunity to do so.

2. Describe a typical day for you.

A typical day at work will normally consist of tasks aimed at challenging me and growing my depth of knowledge, helping me to become an invaluable member of the team. In particular, I have gained experience understanding and analysing drawings, right down to their smallest details. This provides a firm foundation for me to build on and helps me deal with different responsibilities each day.

3. What is the structure of the program?

The Donald Cant Watts Corke Cadet Program offers flexible hours that allow me to continue studying full-time. When I’m in the office, a senior member of the team is there to constantly guide and oversee my work ensuring that I genuinely understand the tasks given to me. Seniors willingly give up their valuable time to aid in my personal growth entrusting me with new tasks each and every day.

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

The program is structured to ensure that I gain a deep understanding of all aspects of construction. Essentially, my learning is not limited to a particular stage of a project, I am exposed to all trades which allows me to gain an in-depth understanding from the start to the end of the project. This means that I am not simply limited to learning how to read and measure off drawings for different trades, but I am taught how to properly price up the most detailed of designs.

5. What are you enjoying most about your experience?

The working environment at Donald Cant Watts Corke is unlike any other I have experienced. I am surrounded by an enthusiastic team who are constantly offering their assistance in order to help me grow in all aspects of the job. As a cadet, it can be tough to break through the barrier of confidently communicating and approaching other members of the team who you feel are far more knowledgeable and experienced than you. However, the personalities found here in the Sydney office allow for an enjoyable working environment where you are encouraged to speak up and and not be afraid to ask questions.

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

The main challenge I experience is balancing my studies with work. As aforementioned, the Cadet Program offers flexible hours so I can spend approximately four days in the office, whilst the rest of my week is committed to studies. So far I have learnt that it is critical to set priorities on a daily basis, knowing what is immediately required and what can be temporarily deferred.

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

The best advice I could offer to cadets is to maintain an enthusiastic attitude and to not be afraid to ask questions, no matter how minor they may be. Within your working environment you are surrounded by individuals who have years of experience within the industry and are capable of giving you valuable insight at any given time.

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