Why Plan You Surveyor Career?
Where Can You Qualify?
Industry & Commerce
Education and Qualifications
Those firms where commercial work predominates will be looking at your record for:Passing of your Assessment of Professional Competence without referral.
You may decide that, having gained experience at a large practice, you prefer a different lifestyle and the less pressured environment of a smaller firm. However keep in mind when considering such a move that you may experience ‘culture shock’ on arrival at your new employment.
The casework in a small practice will probably be more varied but possibly of lesser quality. The level of support – research, IT, support staff etc. – could also be lower. Your remuneration could possibly be somewhat lower as well. However smaller practices offer a number of benefits over their larger rivals, particularly rapid promotional prospects.
Consulting & Practices
The number of traditional partnerships is declining, while the number of firms operating on a limited company basis is increasing. This trend will certainly continue. The structure of limited companies is well known. Within our profession, like others, directorships are not always linked to shareholding. However, there still exists a general misunderstanding of how partnerships work.
What Partnership Really Means
In those firms serving mainly business clients, where equity partnerships are the subject of considerable competition, the position can be a training and testing period. During this time you may be invited to participate in partnership functions except those of deciding profit distributions and the selection of new partners. Be careful!
Some firms use this title as a notional status to buy off ambition. Unless you understand the difference you could waste precious time and ultimately find that your career aims are compromised. A further word of warning! Once your name joins the other partners on the letterhead you can be held liable for the actions of the practice if the partnership is not limited. If you are offered a salaried partnership, you should ask for an indemnity against financial loss related to partnership liabilities. In general, consider the inducements offered, find out how equitable the structure is and what the title really means.
Equity Partnership Partners
How Long Should It Take?
Surveyor Career Planning & Goal Setting
Those that plan, achieve. Planning provides clear vision of what you want in the longterm and the steps you will have to take in the short term to achieve this goal. The following system is intended to provide you with the focus you will need to achieve the long term goals you set yourself. Complete the following sections in order.
It is only when you take the time to analyse the situation that you start to see a clear picture. Are you happy with your current role? Will it build your skills to a sufficient level for you to achieve your long term aims?
Surveyor Careers - Planned
- Review your action plans and dates.
- Bring forward your short-term objectives and prioritise these relative to importance and time.
- Note your completion and review date for each objective and each skill.
- Consider your future goals relative to your career plans.
- Plan what you envisage you will be doing in the next five years.
- Review your current situation. Do your existing skills match your future goals?
- Back your plans with determination and persistence
- Review your plans regularly
- Seek good advice