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Luci Mulroy
Trainee Quantity Surveyor

What drew you to the construction industry?

 

Growing up I have always been surrounded by the construction industry because my dad and uncle owned a roofing company, but I didn’t know enough about the industry and what different roles it had to offer until I started working at Stace as a receptionist where I worked closely with the Quantity Surveying team.

I started to take an interest in what their role entailed and decided to look into what it would take for me to pursue Quantity Surveying as a career. I then took the plunge and joined the team where I have now been for the last 4 years!

How have you found the apprenticeship route?

 

After researching what I needed to do to get onto a Quantity Surveying course I discovered that I didn’t meet the UCAS requirement to go straight into a degree. So my next step was to go back to college and study Construction in the Built Environment, which directly linked to the industry. After completing my 2 year course part time, I then applied for my HNC foundation degree at South Bank University where I am in my second and last year. My next step will be to complete my RICS accredited Batchelors degree.

Initially, I thought that trying to juggle university work as well as work at Stace would be challenging and I would have to completely give up my social life. This is not the case at all, having a work life balance is something you come to learn how to manage. Stace as extremely supportive when it comes to my studies and if I ever need extra time in the day to complete university work or need guidance and advice on a topic I am struggling with, someone will always make time to make sure I get the help I need.

I’m glad I have gone with the distant learning route as I am able to apply the knowledge and skills which I am learning at university to everyday working life. It is important to understand that theoretical knowledge isn’t always put into practice exactly how you learn it from textbooks, you have to adapt the skills and knowledge to fit in to the real life situations you face.

… if I ever need extra time in the day to complete university work or need guidance and advice on a topic I am struggling with, someone will always make time to make sure I get the help I need.

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