Why a career in Surveying?
Chartered Surveyors are at the heart of all property matters. Whether it’s construction, infrastructure, land use, buying and selling or housing provision, Surveyors are the key. Surveyors are essentially responsible for measuring, valuing, protecting and enhancing the buildings that surround us – from city skyscrapers to sports stadiums, shopping centres to the homes we live in. Surveying is an exciting and diverse career choice which can offer the opportunity to travel, earn a great salary and work on a variety of different projects.
No two days are the same. Surveying is more than an office based job and you will often be on site meeting clients.
No matter where you are in life, whether you are a School Leaver, University Graduate or considering a career change there is a pathway to enable you to become a Chartered Surveyor.
Once you have achieved your professional qualification (APC) there are many fields in Surveying that you can become involved in. There is opportunity to travel and to constantly develop your knowledge and gain new experiences within the world of property.
Why Graham + Sibbald?
G+S provides a diverse property service throughout Scotland. We are an independent Partnership and are recognised as one of the most prominent firms within its sector. We provide the full range of general practice services to an extensive and varied client base.
Candidates will receive ample training opportunities to gain knowledge and experience from across the business and will be closely mentored by a wealth of experienced employees.
Rewards and Benefits:
Competitive starting salary
Paid tuition costs and professional exam fees
25 days holidays (plus 9 public holidays)
The option to join the Firm Pension Scheme, with matched employer contributions
Private healthcare cover after 2 years continuous employment
We recognise that there are many different paths to a great career in business.
As a result we have created a range of School Leaver and University programmes that let you explore the options and choose the one that is most suited to your needs and aspirations. At G+S we are focused on giving our employees every opportunity to learn more and do more, providing candidates with a range of experiences.
We offer personal development through a variety of different programmes depending on a candidates need(s), be it:
School Leavers Programme
At Graham + Sibbald we understand that University is not for everyone, and we have therefore developed a School Leaver’s Programme as an alternative route towards a career in Surveying. Our programme combines work experience with study towards professional qualifications without the expense of funding higher education. A relevant University degree will be attained either online via College of Estate Management or through day release to a relevant University.
As part of the programme you can:
Learn on the job
Build knowledge and skills
Gain University and Professional qualifications
Earn money while you learn
Opportunity to become Chartered within 5 years
“Since joining G&S from school I am gaining on the job experience and studying in tandem. I shadow the more experienced surveyors when out on survey which provides me with the on the job training. By doing this route as a school leaver, it allows you to gain knowledge of the job from an early start and then apply this when undertaking your studies. Within G&S everyone is friendly and is willing to give you a helping hand.”
Steven (Student Surveyor)
Undergraduate placements are ideal for those students whose degree courses allow candidates to start planning for their career.
A placement with G+S offers:
Insight and awareness of our business
Assistance to improve employability
Opportunity to gain valuable skills whilst still at University
Opportunity to enhance commercial acumen and confidence
Support throughout by a senior member of staff and mentor
Placements can be between 2-4 weeks and can last anything up to 1 year depending on the degree course. This will give you a head start when it comes to securing a Graduate role upon graduation.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Building Surveying team during my University Placement. I have gained skills and knowledge that will be beneficial in my final year and when I begin my career in Surveying.
Everyone at G+S has supported me throughout the process and it has been a great learning experience.”
Matthew McLeod (Student Surveyor)
At Graham + Sibbald our aim is to have all our employees qualified to RICS level 3 Valuation.
As part of the programme we are committed to encouraging and supporting our employees towards passing their professional examinations (APC) and to gaining full membership of the RICS.
We have a Structured Training Framework in place which aims to provide our Graduate Surveyors with the necessary training and experience to allow them to sit examinations/professional assessments with confidence. Training will be a combination of "hands on experience" learning from Senior members of staff, self-reading and research. The Firm also hosts various networking events and workshops to enable Graduates to gain knowledge and experience from across the business.
Our Graduate programme will provide you with:
Access to experienced APC assessors
Support from expert property professionals
Structured learning opportunities
Experience to develop professional and technical capability
Knowledge & Experience across the business
“The firm has many experienced employees, some of which are on the RICS committee, which gives graduates confidence in their learning as well as any questions are answered with insight and expertise.
I am currently a Graduate, however I believe there are opportunities for progression in G+S once I am chartered.
The firm has many offices which are constantly growing, giving employees opportunity to become Senior Surveyors/ Associates.”
Omar Khan (Graduate Surveyor)
We have 14 Offices across Scotland, having a presence in Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Hamilton, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy, Paisley, Perth, Stirling & St Andrews.
You can choose to apply to whichever office is most convenient to you. We have a total compliment of over 200 employees which creates a unique blend of local experience, combined with national expertise.