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Quantity Surveyor"Any decision I made had to be approved by my supervisor, to ensure that there were no errors or careless mistakes." Full review »Fadzil Safuan , Quantity Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)Ratings
Enjoyment Support & Guidance Environment & Location How Rewarding Was It? Average 3How many weeks was it for?8 weeksMonthly payRM 350What did you do?
This internship programme is basically part of my study plan. I'm currenly doing my Bachelor in Quantity Surveying, so I am familiar with the scope of my internship and how this particular line of work fits into the industry. Quantity Surveying is part of the construction industry. What we do is to take care of the client's budget from the preliminary stage up until the point of completion. However, this job has a very huge scope and it takes a couple of surveyors to control one mega project. So, in this field we are sort of the 'accountants' of the project. The tasks I was given were pretty technical. Basically, my tasks as a junior quantity surveyor was to measure elements in the project. The dimensions of a building's façade, for instance.What did you learn?
Construction is basically divided into two parts: pre-tender and post-tender. Everything that is done before the client awards the contract is pre-tender and post-tender thereafter. This was my second internship, and this time I chose to concentrate on the post-tender stage. It is after the contract is awarded to the main contractor, that a Quantity Surveyor can look into the valuation and changes in the contract sum. The supervisor is one of the important people you should linger around in the consultant firm. First off, they are more experienced and they can foresee things which we cannot glean from textbooks. In my case, any decision I made had to be approved by my supervisor, to ensure that there were no errors or careless mistakes. What my supervisor taught me was important in guiding me through the tricky part of knowing what to add or omit in the calculation for future price fluctuations or market fall.Was your supervisor supportive?
My mentor actively involved me, was mostly attentive and ensured I gained from the internship.What could be improved? What could you have done better?
Most of the people I work with here are seniors in the industry and some of the things I want to try are not possible as I do not have enough professional training in their view. For example, big meeting or presentation but they got a point, projects in construction industry involves around 8-9 figures sum, so I don't want to screw that up. But I wish there was a greater degree of autonomy or ownership given to me so I could learn a lot more from them.Advice for future interns?
I would recommend this to those taking my Bachelor programme because it involves a lot of technical terms and clauses.