Bethany Bird, Assistant Quantity Surveyor
“Go to a careers fair – it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet different construction companies and have face to face conversations.”
Bethany has worked as an assistant Quantity Surveyor with Kier for just over 3 years, managing costs and the project budget, sourcing sub-contractors and carrying out external valuations. She is responsible for most of the sub-contractor liaison and, on smaller sites, leads the project on both the client and sub-contractor sides.
Bethany is enjoying gaining experience and knowledge in her job and has ambitions to progress to become a Quantity Surveyor and then a Senior Quantity Surveyor.
“Every day is different in my job; some days I am working solo and some days I work as part of the team.”
Bethany was given advice on her options after college by her tutors, she says, “I knew I didn’t want to go to university and so joined an employability group at college where we were introduced to a variety of work options. I was told about the management trainee scheme at Kier and did some further research as it sounded interesting. Although I knew I wanted to be a Quantity Surveyor, the management trainee scheme provides experience in lots of different departments on a rotation which gave me a good insight into the whole industry.”
Bethany’s advice to anyone considering a career in construction is:
“Do your research into the different professional roles available, not just the typical roles. Go to a careers fair – it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet different construction companies and sub-contractors and get good insight through face-to-face conversations. The construction industry isn’t just working on a building site, there are so many more roles available that involve office work or a mix of both.”
To find out more about becoming a Quantity Surveyor visit What Is A Quantity Surveyor? Salary, Skills & Role | Go Construct