Recruitment companies, client construction companies, and consultancies often ask why Quantity Surveyor recruitment is challenging. Quality Surveyors aren't impossible to recruit, of course, but many believe there is not enough supply to meet the growing demand. It's important to understand why this perception exists though and, to do that, one must lay the blame at the abolishment of apprenticeships in the 1980's along with the withdrawal of professional examinations in favor of graduate or degree entry. The 1990's recession also did a certain amount of damage, coupled with the rising number of Quantity Surveyors retiring early. Given these conditions, things still aren't as grim as they are made out to be, and this post explains why.
Are you always making a project plan for your engineering projects, no matter how small? If so, you're helping to make yourself more attractive to civil engineering recruitment programs, private businesses, and anyone else in need of an engineer. Creating solid project plans helps demonstrate your competency to them, as well as bringing a wide range of benefits to your own career.
These are just a few of the benefits that you'll see, once you make project plans a part of every project you work on.
Five Major Reasons to Always Create A Project Plan
3D printing is disrupting many markets, but one might not -at first- think of transportation engineering as being boosted by 3D printing. After all, you can't 3D print a train... can you? Well, you can't 3D print an entire train, but the convergence between 3D printing technologies and new techniques for working with carbon fiber are opening entirely new ways to create train components! We've recently been following a fascinating initiative in Europe, called Run2Rail, which is all about utilizing cutting-edge technology to improve rail service across the EU. With partners in 15 countries, it's a truly continental project - and one with the potential to greatly advance the state-of-the-art in railways.
What Run2Rail Could Do for Transportation Engineering
The world has more need of engineers and other geospatial specialists than ever before, but that doesn't mean getting a job as an engineer is easy. Civil engineering recruitment firms see plenty of people who have the skills and the talent but find they just can't quite manage to seal the deal when applying for jobs.
Based on our years of experience in civil engineering recruitment and extensive industry contacts, we can offer some tips on how to land those job offers you want.
Four Specialists' Tips on Landing the Engineering Jobs You Want
According to P&S market research, the global GIS job market is set to grow from around $9 billion (2016) to $17 billion by 2023. Public sector and geospatial work are expected to make up the bulk of this growth. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the fields of cartography and photogrammetry specifically will continue to boom with a growth rate of about 19%.
Other applications that will continue to be in-demand in a range of government and business settings include ARC GIS and AutoCAD, surveying, land assessment, environmental assessment work, urban planning, and visualization.
With such a high demand for GIS specialists, department managers, hiring managers, HR departments, and leaders in other Geography-related, engineering and tech fields may continue to struggle in their search for qualified, competent staff. With much of this work being project-based, employers and job seekers can expect to see many of these positions advertised as contract work.
If you are a GIS specialist who is on the fence about hiring or being a contract worker, you’ll want to consider the following.