RGU graduates survey the future

Three students who are the only girls to complete all four years of a surveying degree together are celebrating after securing jobs in their home towns.

Lucy Fraser, Kirsten Begg and Chyrelle WattKirsten Begg (21), from Stonehaven; Lucy Fraser (22), from Inverness; and Chyrelle Watt (21), from Aberdeen, all started the surveying course at Robert Gordon University (RGU) together in 2012 and cheered each other on as they collected their degrees at His Majesty’s Theatre on Friday, July 15.

The trio are keen to encourage other girls to get involved in what has traditionally been seen as a male-dominated industry and said there were plenty of opportunities for women to prove they are just as capable as men in the sector.

Kirsten, who has just started full-time work as a quantity surveyor at Bancon Construction in Banchory, said: “As part of our third year at uni we get the opportunity to undertake a 16 week placement which allowed us to put what we learn into practice.

“Almost all of the students on my course managed to secure placements and many like myself have been kept on in graduate jobs. I found this to be a worthwhile and enjoyable part of the course and think it can help students to decide which type of surveying that they want to go into after graduation.”

She added: “I have really enjoyed the last four years at RGU and have made some really good friends but I am now looking forward to starting full time work.”

Lucy, meanwhile, has secured a job as a graduate building surveyor for Graham & Sibbald Chartered Surveyors in Inverness.

“In 2012, I was quite anxious about moving away from home and starting at RGU, but I would definitely say that it is the best thing I could have done,” Lucy said. “Living independently for the first time is an experience I will never forget and the friendships I made during my time in Aberdeen will last a lifetime.

“After a lot of studying and hard work I am delighted to be graduating with a First Class Honours in BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and will also be sharing a shield for the best dissertation at the Scott Sutherland School’s annual prizegiving.”

She added: “I really enjoy the mixture of onsite and office work at my new job, and no two days are ever the same. I am intending to go on and study for my Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which will hopefully see me become chartered in a few years’ time.

“All three of us are very excited about celebrating graduation, both at the ceremony and at the graduation ball.”

Chyrelle, who has secured work through her placement in third year carrying out condition surveys, said: “I've really enjoyed my time at RGU - it's been a total whirlwind but I'd do it all over again in a second.

“I've gained a lot of knowledge and discovered loads of interests I didn't know I had. It's also boosted my confidence a lot and taught me that hard work really pays off.”

Among the highlights of her time at RGU, was site visits to some of Aberdeenshire’s historic attractions such as Fyvie and Drum castles, as well as more urban buildings such as the art gallery.

“These site visits are in my view invaluable,” Chyrelle said. “The history of buildings is something I'm really interested in.”

She is now looking forward to securing a job which will take her out with the north-east and has a number of interviews lined up.

“I'm excited for the future to move away from home, start working full-time, start my APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) and get chartered,” Chyrelle said.

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