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How I got to where I am today

Clare Francis

Claire Francis

The CV:


Invicta Grammar School : GCSE’s, AS Levels & A Levels

The University of Portsmouth : BSc Property Development with Quantity Surveying (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited).

Previous Roles

May 2003: Work Experience Placement.

August 2003: Work Experience Placement.

June 2005: Work Experience Placement

March 2006: Trainee Quantity Surveyor

July-September 2007: Trainee Quantity Surveyor (Inspire Scholarship Placement)

January 2008 – Present: Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Why did you choose to join Hampshire County Council?

I have been able to establish fantastic links within the industry and my career prospects are very hopeful, with a range of course related achievements and experiences on my CV. Hampshire also part fund my Inspire Scholarship

What is your current role and main responsibilities?

I calculate the cost of construction projects such as school buildings and libraries. It involves measuring the architect’s plans to work out the quantities of materials required on projects, and advising other professionals on costs.

What other roles have you held within Hampshire County Council?

This is my first role with the council.

What do you enjoy most about working in Quantity Surveying at Hampshire County Council?

I love going out on the construction sites.  It really helps my practical skills and allows me to have a better understanding of the theory side that I am taught at University.  In the office I can utilise and develop my IT skills using packages such as spreadsheets.

What support has Hampshire County Council provided to help your career?

They  are providing me with valuable work experience and training to supplement my studies and provide the practical applications to the theory that I am learning at University.  

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

This summer I visited Marnel Primary School development with a Senior Quantity Surveyor. I  helped  with the valuation of the site works so that the contractor could be paid for the work he had completed. It was really interesting.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in a career in Quantity Surveying?

Make sure you do an RICS accredited degree. This means that once in industry you can then work for a minimum of two years to gain your professional chartership.