Quantity Surveying: private practice versus contractor – could the grass be greener?

Quantity Surveying: private practice versus contractor – could the grass be greener?  This was the question that kicked off our debate last month when, together with RICS Matrics and CIOB Novus, we gathered a room full of quantity surveyors, who work across the industry, to discuss the differences and similarities in their roles. After a great deal of discussion and debate (and some disagreement from both sides of the fence!), we can conclude that it’s less about the colour of the…

Debate Event: Quantity Surveying

The world of surveying is diverse and can take you in many directions; having chosen to become a Quantity Surveyor, your choice of employer will determine and define the role you perform. Whether you work in private practice or as part of a contractor’s in-house team the role of Quantity Surveyor may look similar from the outside, but it is distinctly different. If you started your career on one path, you may know little about what ACTUALLY happens on the…

How to leave a job on good terms

At Mackenzie England we believe in the saying “the best beginning to your new job is a good ending with your current employer”.  It’s essential to ensure that you depart on a positive, professional note to guarantee that you leave doors open and can rely upon old colleagues for advice and valuable references. After all a strong business network is invaluable in developing your future career! So how do you ensure that you leave a job on good terms? Believe…

International Women in Engineering Day 2017

Of the 2.3 million people working in the construction industry at the end of December last year, only 296,000 were women (according to the Office for National Statistics). That’s roughly 13%. So, on the day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and technical roles, I find myself chewing over why the construction industry is still failing to attract more women? Skills shortage   The construction industry is desperate to attract new recruits’ due to a major skills shortage.…

Why networking is good and how to get it right

It’s the dawn of a new year and I expect, for many of you reading this, a raft of new resolutions on how you’re going to grow your business in 2017. If, like me, you’re reflecting on the accomplishments and hurdles of the last year, then you’re bound to hit upon something that you’d like to do more actively this year.  For me, it’s the same as always, quite simply meeting more people and making meaningful and credible connections. As…

How to hit the ground running in a new role

Starting a new job is an exciting but often a somewhat challenging process; it’s important to capitalise on first impressions, quickly understand your new environment and build relations that make a positive impact.  Here are a few tips from our candidates’ experiences at Mackenzie England on how you can hit the ground running in a new role: More ears than mouth! In the first few weeks it’s imperative that you spend a lot of time listening and learning rather that…