Jess Martin, Trainee Surveyor






Jess Martin, Trainee Surveyor

What’s your working day like?

My working day can be very varied. I currently work four days a week in the surveying team, and attend University of the West of England (Bristol) one day a week to complete my building surveying degree. As a trainee surveyor, I cover all aspects of the team as well as having my own tasks to carry out. I am on hand to carry out repairs and voids inspections if the other surveyors are unable to attend. I am responsible for all of the voids and repairs at the hospital accommodation we have, so I will attend and schedule up what needs doing, and pass it over to commercial works to complete the job.

Trainee Surveyor

Why did you choose a career as a trainee surveyor?

When I first starting working at Yarlington, I was an administrator for the strategic finance team which covered: facilities, health and safety, asset management, and sustainability. I spent the majority of my time working closely with the asset management team and I found what they dealt with very interesting and something I really enjoyed. Around a year into my role, a trainee surveyor position was advertised, so wanting to embrace the possbility  I applied for it and was fortunate enough to get the job. I really enjoyed all aspects of the surveying function, and I loved shadowing the repairs and voids surveyors. I found the disposal and appraisal process really interesting so this job was just perfect for me. I also was really inspired by what another colleague had achieved from the same role. I soon knew surveying was for me.

How would you describe your colleagues?

My other colleagues are brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for better support within my team. The team are extremely busy, however I feel we work really well together and get the job done. I am really grateful for all of the help and support they give me.

Do you feel challenged?

I think a surveying role typically is a very challenging role, with different pressures. It requires a lot of knowledge, and also a lot of decision making, which at times isn’t always the easiest.

What do you like best about your job?

The variation of the role. No inspection is ever the same, and no sale plan I carry out is ever the same. Within the role of Surveying you come across so many aspects, whether it’s a broken door, to severe subsidence, we come across pretty much everything.

And the least?

For me personally it would be the level of decision making, sometimes it is really hard to make a decision that is the best outcome for both the customer and the property.

What would you say to others thinking of a career as a surveyor?

It is a tough job that requires a lot of time and persistence, however it is a very rewarding job, which can open many avenues. It is very interesting and continuously developing, so I would definitely recommend to anyone to get into surveying. If you are really interested in surveying it is worth looking on the RICS website and getting some background reading in around current topics and trends as I always find that very useful.

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