Lauren Clark is a building surveyor in our Newcastle office having joined us on an apprentice scheme from Northumbria University in 2018. We recently sat down with Lauren to ask her a few questions about surveying and her experiences at SW so far.
Tell us a bit about how you got into surveying…
I always loved geography at school and college and didn’t think it would open much opportunity to me until going to a career adviser who pointed me into the world of construction, which I never imagined I would consider. I came across the building surveying role and loved the idea of the range of opportunity’s that I could be involved with, especially identifying problems in the built environment and being able to advise and assist with how to rectify a range of issues.
What attracted you to apply at SW?
A tutor at my previous college had expressed her valuable experience from SW and after getting in touch with SW to find out more, I became aware of the opportunities for young people wanting to get into the world of surveying careers.
What does your average day look like?
I’d struggle to start the morning without a coffee first! Whether I am in the office or on-site, one thing that I love is that no two days are the same. Sometimes I could be out conducting surveys on a range of buildings, or back in the office writing up findings from site visits, reports, documenting surveys, liaising with clients and dealing with enquiries. There will be days where I could be acting as contract administrator on projects and others, where I could be reviewing a condition of a building, it’s incredibly varied.