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Are you getting ready to return to work? Why go back to your old job when you can learn something new?
For working mums, finding a career that is both exciting and flexible is often difficult, and many mums will choose to fall back on their existing qualifications and experience when job seeking – but that mindset could be holding you back. There are many organisations out there that offer vocational training to those looking to move forward and learn new skills – organisations like the SAVA School of Surveying.
The SAVA School of Surveying offers the only vocational qualification in residential surveying and valuation, leading to a rewarding career as a property surveying professional. The school delivers the industry-recognised Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation, a part-time course that can fit around your family life.
Residential surveyors are commissioned typically by homebuyers who are looking to gauge the condition of the property they are planning to buy. The surveyor will carry out desktop research before visiting the property to assess its condition and report on any causes for concern – for instance, dampness, building movement and even Japanese knotweed in the garden! The SAVA diploma provides you with all you need to become a professional and competent surveyor and valuer from the ground up – and even offers direct entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors at Associate member level.
One mum currently studying for the SAVA diploma at SAVA’s Milton Keynes training hub is mum-of-two, Alix Heritage.
Alix is a working mum with two sons (aged five and six) and has been looking for a new challenge since her boys reached school age. She has been studying with the SAVA School since February 2016 and is already planning her future as a qualified surveyor and valuer.
“The great thing for me about managing family life and a career in surveying is that I can book all my appointments during school hours and then carry out all my desktop research and write my reports at home once I have collected the children from school. As the boys get older I will be able to manage longer hours at home as their needs become less intense!”
“I would really recommend this course to other mums…the opportunities afterwards are very appealing and the flexibility really does mean that mums can have it all – a focus on the family and a rewarding and varied career.”
The diploma was created in 2014 to address a skills shortage in the surveying industry and to open a door into the profession for those without the means or inclination to study for a full-time university degree. Historically the profession been strongly associated with men, but the school is keen to change this attitude and promote the career to ambitious women.
Hilary Grayson, Director of Surveying Services at SAVA, says:
“The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors estimates that 13% of their surveyors are women, so despite a gradual increase in female surveying graduates it is still very much a male dominated industry – and we’d like to change that.“
“The part-time nature of the course makes it perfect for mums looking for their next challenge. And it’s not just about finding a job, it’s about pursuing a stable career – something many women leave on the back burner after having children. For as long as houses are bought and sold residential surveyors will be needed and now is a great time to enter the profession.”
If the world of property surveying interests you and you’d like to know more about training with the SAVA School of Surveying, please visit our website or call a SAVA course adviser on 01908 442158. Alternatively, the school will be holding an open event in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 30th November, so book your FREE place today via our website.
Our next course will begin in Milton Keynes in February 2017 with further dates to be announced in Epsom, Birmingham and Manchester later in the year. To keep up to date with news from the SAVA School of Surveying, please sign up to our newsletter here