Definitely graduating cum laude with my degree. Like all other teenagers, I had short term goals and visions set for myself to achieve in order get to where I desired to be in the long term, and this was one of them.
Graduating cum laude is my proudest achievement which proved to me that I had the determination and perseverance needed to focus on my modules from the beginning all the way to the end of my academic journey, while living on campus and being submersed in the university’s culture away from all my comfort zones.
I can confidently say I have an enhanced understanding of the teachings and knowledge of the quantity surveying profession and hence a better chance of thriving in the construction industry.
To succeed in the quantity surveying profession you need to be able to work in teams, be flexible and comfortable working indoors and outdoors, be analytical and observant. Most importantly, one should have good listening and communication skills – they play a very important role.
The first project I was involved in exposed me to great new opportunities and encouraged me to acquire independence. We flew all the way across the country to the Eastern Cape for the site visits for this particular project, and it was the most amazing experience for me and my first time traveling by plane.
During the site visit I was given the opportunity to interact independently with the team, being introduced to the physical site, which is so different from Pretoria, and understanding the overall project with limited supervision. As a young and junior Quantity Surveyor in the company, this was the greatest opportunity and exposure to grow and learn. During the course of this site visit I received wonderfully balanced guidance from my superiors. For a junior quantity surveyor, this proved to be a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn in a hands-on environment.
In the past few months with RLB Pentad, I have had training on how to use programmes like WinQS and Dimension X to do my work and I have found joy in performing tasks correctly after a couple of practise runs with a patient supervisor. This has been an amazing learning curve for me.
RLB Pentad values and encourages good relationships with our industry colleagues. I have quickly learnt that as a young professional you need to be able to form lasting relationships with people in the industry and demonstrate integrity in all your professional undertakings.
A professional should learn to embrace diversity and be open-minded, mentally flexible, responsive and considerate in all their interactions in order to learn and grow in the profession. Most importantly, one should show respect to all other professionals out there.
Explain what contribution you have made to the company since joining it.
I have been the helping hand when one is needed, supportive to my team as much possible, and as active as a team player can be to reach our daily objectives to get tasks completed on time and to ensure that projects run efficiently.
I actively participate in events to represent the company and maintain the company image at events such as those organised by the Women’s Property Network (WPN). I also participate in RLB Link events, which are specifically organised for professionals under 35 in the quantity surveying profession.
As a professional with a young and eager mind, I believe one can have more than one role model, and I have a few.
In ten years’ time, I plan to have acquired my Professional Quantity Surveyor position. I have dreams of travelling and exploring other countries’ methods of quantity surveying, and to explore their construction industries in general. Thereafter, who knows… possibly starting my own quantity surveying practice.