Teenagers get a hands-on look at life as a surveyor
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a surveyor? That was the question posed by TU Dublin’s School of Surveying and Construction Management to Transition Year (TY) students considering their future careers.
Annual Surveying Week, held last month, is popular with Irish teenagers on the TY programme, which gives them the opportunity to gain work and life experience before plunging into their Leaving Certificate studies.
It’s also a great opportunity for our industry to give them a taste of the wide variety of jobs on offer – from property through quantity to geographic surveying. The students met current undergraduates, academic staff and industry experts to get an understanding of the various surveying and construction management courses and job opportunities, and also got hands-on insight – including carrying out a field survey and having guided tours of Google’s European headquarters and the technological university’s new Grangegorman Campus development, constructed by SISK Group.
With a shortage of qualified geospatial surveyors entering the jobs market, we recognise the importance of encouraging the next generation to come on board, so we were delighted to support Surveying Week. As well as a presentation on our survey services and a demonstration of our drone/UAV surveying capabilities, we sponsored two student challenges – to design a poster promoting the profession for use at a secondary school careers fair, and to share what they learnt from the week on social media.
Pictured above are the students who created the prize-winning poster – we hope the experience they, and the rest of the group enjoyed means they may be knocking on our door in a few years’ time!