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How to market the QS’ng Profession

Thursday, 18 August 2016  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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How to market the QS’ng Profession
By Mahlasela Ramodike

It is no secret that the QS Profession is a profession that is not particularly popular amongst the youth. By youth I am specifically referring to Grade 10, 11 and 12 pupils who are at the verge of carrying the “burden” of having to choose a career path or to establish certain career prospects. How many of them can claim to have QS’ng as an option? - Well, from experience, it seems that not many can make such a submission. This, arguably, is an issue, particularly when considering the future development, and progressive importance and growth of the profession in the Construction Industry- from a broad perspective. Another way to look at this is to ask the question: How many potential Quantity Surveyors have we lost due to the lacking in knowledge about this profession?

The establishment of the first ever ASAQS student Chapter in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand was a historical milestone that was partially targeted at alleviating this presupposed issue: Marketing the QS’ng Profession to the youth. The incorporation and adoption of the highly prioritized

High School Visit Program by the ASAQS WSC (the first of its kind) was identified as the most effective way of reaching to the youth (in schools).

How do you explain what a Quantity Surveyor or Quantity Surveying is in 10 min? Over-and-above that, to a Pupil!

This was a challenge posed to the highly vibrant, Knowledgeable and generous speakers of the day: Sechaba Pitso (BTKM) and Malibongwe Dingashe (Turner and Townsend), who both practice Quantity Surveying. Nonetheless, soon one came to the realization that it might just not be as difficult as one would anticipate.

Drawing from the presentation at Norkem Park High School, the use of powerful yet simple analogies such as the Biblical Noah in building the Ark, and Solomon in constructing the Temple through employing the principles of measurement and material selection; to even using an analogy that anyone can relate to: A mother who “Estimates” the required grocery for the month; “calculates and monitors” its Consumption in order to ensure it lasts all through to the end of the month- as “projected”. I don’t know about you, but that clearly resembles the role of a Cost Engineer in a project, at best.

To add to this, the ASAQS WSC Executive Members: Karen Malope- who is a past matriculant of the School (Class of 2013) - and Tamala Manda, presented on the topic: “An intimate view on the experience of being a QS student”. This was aimed at informing the pupils about the challenges and benefits of being a QS student in university by using their personal journeys to better connect with the captivated audience. Other aspects of the event highlighted on Financial Assistance that is available to prospective pupils, application process and the requirements for studying QS in various Universities.

Closing Remarks

One cannot negate the importance of such an initiative, and as such, the ASAQS WSC will continue to build upon this success by visiting even more schools across the country. From the ASAQS WSC we wish to express our utmost gratitude to the following parties, whom played a role in ensuring that this event was made possible and successful:
Norkem Park High School
Turner and Townsend
QS3Group and
Cost & Risk Management Professionals (Pty) Ltd

ASAQS Wits Student Chapter Upcoming Events:
Annual Student Conference_2016
Date: October 2016 (to be confirmed)

Contact details:
Editor: Mahlasela Ramodike (Deputy Chairperson)

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