Why did you choose to study surveying?
I chose to study surveying because I had been working as a survey assistant for three months and enjoyed it. The mix of office and outdoor work appealed to me and without the degree it would be difficult to progress in the industry.
What was the best thing about your course?
The best thing about the course was the mix of theory and practical experience. It helps you to better understand the processes associated with surveying, and the hands-on experience is invaluable.
What was the worst thing about your course?
The worst things about the course were the hours and the length of the course. It's a four-year course and being an applied science you are there on campus four or five days a week.
What did your course involve?
The course involved a mix of lectures, labs and practicals. They all complement each other and the labs and practicals reinforce what has been learnt in lectures. There is also a work experience requirement for the course that ensures you have had some paid experience before you graduate.
Have you found work in your field?
I already had a job with a surveying company prior to commencing the course and was able to work on my days off and over the holidays while I was studying. Since graduating I have been working full time.
What advice would you give to students considering studying surveying?
Surveying is very mathematical, which means that there are a lot of maths-based subjects in the course. But don't let that dissuade you. It's a good course and, while it might get a little tough at times, the career at the end is worth it. To anyone choosing this course, I would strongly recommend getting a job with a surveying company while you study. It makes it much easier to get your head around things.
Will you complete further study?
The next level of study is either to complete a postgraduate degree, or you can become a licensed surveyor (which is done while you work). I have just started a training agreement to become a licensed surveyor.