Our partners at Bowmer and Kirkland have suggested these great activities to help students decide if a career in Surveying is for them:

Learn about the huge number of surveying roles whilst building your own city, to a budget, with this “Build our own Mega City” game

Younger students? How about the GoConstruct Minecraft competition for 5 to 12 years olds?

Bowmer and Kirkland have a huge range of job roles within their company and you can view videos about the apprenticeships available and the progression they have made through the company on their careers page.  They also have the following factsheets which give an overview of the “Day in the Life” of some of their employees:

B&K Day In the Life – Construction Trainee

B&K Day In the Life – Trainee Quantity Surveyor

B&K Day In the Life – Trainee Quantity Surveyor (Leah)

B&K Day In the Life – BIM (Building Information Modelling)Manager


An alternative option in the field of Surveying is offered by Russell Gourlay, one of our volunteer partners:

The RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) has some 17 groups or divisions, including Planning and Development and Quantity Surveying and Construction being involved in the numerous new housing and factories sites seen around Derby, Minerals and Waste Management and Environment and Resources a huge growth business in these green times, whilst Residential Property, Rural, and Valuation all still play a vast part of the profession, aiding mortgages and property sales, managing farms and open land, whilst offering advice on the value of anything from a school to a football stadium, or a supermarket to the family home.

Probably least known is that anyone who watches Antiques Road Trip on TV is watching Chartered Surveyors from the Arts and Antiques group of the RICS at work.  If anyone has an urge to be on stage, the banging the hammer in a busy auction sale room offers a captive audience and unrivalled excitement.

There is an old saying that a good surveyor is never in their office, and even though technology such as Google Earth and on-line mapping has reduced the need for some traditional surveying skills, a visit to the property is usually essential, making it an ideal career for those who value being outside, and the social aspect of meeting property owners and fellow professionals, such as lawyers and architects and engineers.

Whilst there are conversion courses from degrees such as Geography, many Universities offer direct access to the RICS through Estate Management, Land Economics or Real Estate degrees.


Alternatively, if as a student leaving school you are looking to go straight to work. a more practice-based route to Associate member can be taken by working in the industry straight from School.


Property remains the most valued asset that families, business’s and even Councils and the Church own, and the need to manage it effectively and with green credentials becomes ever more important.  It is therefore an exciting and challenging time for any young person to enter a Profession that is recognised throughout the world.

Read about Russell’s background and career journey here.