Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Catherine Day from EU Careers to give some advice for people considering this job:

Catherine Day

Secretary General

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Catherine Day
I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

There's no better time to be a Graduate Surveyor in Ireland


The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) is Ireland’s leading professional body for professionals practicing in all areas of construction, land and property.

With approximately 4,000 members nationwide, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland – in partnership with RICS, the worldwide body – awards the Chartered Surveyor professional qualification, which is internationally recognised as a mark of excellence in construction, land and property sectors.

In order to become a Chartered Surveyor, graduates of SCSI accredited degree courses (see below) must undertake the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) - a two-year period of structured practical training which culminates in the submission of documented experience and a 1-hour professional interview. 

Chartered Surveying is an internationally recognised, portable and desirable qualification. The title of Chartered Surveyor demonstrates to employers, clients and the public at large that a surveyor has achieved a professional qualification in addition to their academic qualification – and that they possess the highest of technical ability and adhere to a strict and regulated Code of Conduct.


Surveyors work across all aspects of the built and natural environment for a variety of employers, including auctioneers, valuers, developers, construction firms, facilities management, as well as county councils and State agencies.

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In recent years, surveyors have also availed of opportunities in other related sectors, such as legal, financial and insurance.

As a profession, surveying requires a broad range of technical skills – spatial, numerical and legal.

Along with these technical skills, “soft” skills are also important.

Business and managerial skills are essential and teamwork is vital.

Surveyors must have good communication skills in order to express their ideas both verbally and in writing.

As surveyors work on several projects at the same time, it’s important to be well-organised, flexible and able to multi-task and problem-solve.


Surveying is not a single career, but a collective name for a group of careers within property, construction and land.

Surveyors are involved with natural and man-made physical assets that cover our landscapes — airports, hotels, stadiums, harbours, shopping centres, forests.

Surveying careers are surprisingly varied and include quantity surveying, estate agency, valuation and investment, project management, property and facilities management, mapping, planning and development and mining.

Surveyors are experts in property, construction and land and display strong logical thinking, effective communication skills and possess strong business acumen. As a surveyor you are involved with cross-disciplinary teams and work in a variety of global markets in both the public and private sectors.

There are many courses on offer nationwide for those wishing to pursue a career in property, construction and land, throughout your studies you will undertake modules in valuation, measurement, building technology and design, in addition to subjects such as law, economics and developing technologies.

A sample of the specialisms that can be pursued include:

Residential Agency Surveyor - provides professional expertise in the valuation, management, letting and sale of residential property. – manages complex building and infrastructural projects.

Commercial Agency Surveyor
- provides professional expertise in the valuation, management, letting and sale of commercial property, eg shops and offices.

Valuation Surveyor – provides professional expertise in valuations, acquisitions, disposals, investments and rent reviews for all types of property.

Geomatics Surveyor- maps the built and natural environment to provide accurate spatial data which facilitates planning, development and conservation.

Geomatics are changing our industries - and so can you.
The construction and property sector needs innovative individuals who can continue to lead the way we work in the digital landscape.

Geomatics is currently one of the most in-demand technical skills in the world!

Quantity Surveyor 
– advises on the costs of developing all types of buildings and infrastructure.

Building Surveyor - carries out building surveys, identifying defects and solutions, and provides management and design consultancy services.

Property & Facilities Management Surveyor – provides professional management services for residential and commercial multi-unit developments and facilities.

Planning & Development Surveyor
 – manages the proposals to develop new or refurbish existing buildings

Arts & Antiques Surveyor - provides professional expertise in the valuation, and sale of arts and antiques.

Minerals Surveyor – provides expertise in the full life cycle of mineral development.

Rural Surveyor – values, manages and sells agricultural land including forestry. 


There are many surveying-related degree courses nationwide, the content of these courses reflects the diversity of skills required of a surveyor. Graduates leave college with a high level of technical and professional practice skills and have traditionally found work within their chosen field in Ireland and around the globe.

Some courses include an industry placement year, when students can apply their learning in the workplace, thereby gaining practical experience and build industry strong links.

Cork Institute of Technology

  • MSc in Construction Project Management – Level 9
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying – Level 8 -

Dublin Institute of Technology

  • BSc (Hons) Construction Economics and Management – Level 8
  • MSc in Quantity Surveying – Level 9
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Economics – Level 8 (Part-time)
Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying – Level 8

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

  • BSc (Hons) Construction Economics & Quantity Surveying – Level 8

Institute of Technology, Sligo 

  • BSc (hons) Quantity Surveying (Final year can be completed online) – Level 8

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

  • BSc Quantity Surveying – Level 8*

Limerick Institute of Technology

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying – Level 8*
  • MSc in Quantity Surveying – Level 9

Waterford Institute of Technology

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying – Level 8*
  • MSc Construction Project Management – Level 9

Property Surveying Courses

Dublin Institute of Technology

  • BSc (Hons) Property Economics (Valuation Surveying) – Level 8
  • BSc (Hons) in Property Studies (Part-time) – level 8
  • MSc in Real Estate – Level 9

Limerick Institute of Technology

  • BSc (Hons) Property Valuation and Management – level 8*

Land Surveying Courses

Dublin Institute of Technology

  • MSC in Geographical Information Sciences – Level 9
  • MSc in Geospatial Engineering – Level 9
  • BSc (Hons) in Spatial Planning – Level 8
  • BSc (Hons) in Geomatics – Level 8
  • MSc in Spatial Planning – Level 9
  • MSc in Spatial Information Management – Level 9
  • MSc in Planning and Development – Level 9

*includes a third year industrial placement

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