Tudur Williams, 25, graduated from Harper Adams with a degree in BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management in 2017. Since graduating, Tudur has worked with Baileys & Partners, a team of Rural Chartered Surveyors based near Harlech on the west coast of Wales. Tudur shared his insight into the course and profession for others looking to follow the route into an interesting career path.
“There are more than 100 varied career roles across the surveying profession in three main sectors: construction and infrastructure; property; and land,” Tudur began. “The MRICS accreditation is a qualification widely accepted across the world so anyone who engages the services of an RICS professional is assured of a standard of quality, ethical conduct and competence.
So what does the role involve? Tudur explained: “Rural Surveyors, traditionally known as Land Agents, are within the land sector and offer professional advice on rural matters.
“Careers in surveying and land agency are exciting, challenging and creative. They suit those who enjoy talking and listening to other people, understanding their problems and coming up with solutions that fit their needs and budget.
“The modern rural surveyor needs to be flexible and constantly adapting to industry changes. An excellent in-depth understanding of a range of rural matters is required in order to advise clients. The profession is challenging but rewarding.
“If you’d love to work both independently and with a team, and would enjoy a busy and varied role where you’re sometimes outdoors as often as in the office, then it might be for you!”
While there are many routes to become a Chartered Surveyor such as surveying apprenticeship schemes, the Baileys & Partners team all entered their profession through a RICS accredited degree from Harper Adams. The accreditation means students are secure in the knowledge that they are being taught up to date knowledge that is relevant to the industry.
Talking about REALM at Harper Adams, Tudur said: “This course benefits from allowing students to gain one year on an industrial work placement. The placement year cements the theory learnt in the classroom. Most students will count this placement as the first of two years structured training needed for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).”
Tudur completed his APC two years ago, and shared about the experience: “Working towards the APC requires both work experience and evidence of doing so. To prepare for the APC, a daily diary must be kept and a summary of the experience and case study project must be provided. This case study is then presented in an interview, followed by examiner questions on your experience and the RICS Ethical Standards. By successfully completing the interview, individuals become MRICS qualified.”
There is a lot of work that goes into being a qualified professional in this industry, but Tudur sees it as a worthwhile experience. He said: “For anyone interested in pursuing a career in the Chartered Surveyor profession, I highly recommend this role.
“Having ambition is the path to success.”