Saeed Najim Abbasi

Questions and answers:

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

I took a long distance course with ICS to slowly get back into studying after working in many jobs over 4 years.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

It provided an RICS accredited course within easy reach of London.

What do/did you think of the course while studying here?

I enjoyed every aspect of it. The lectures are well allocated and there is more than enough help from Lecturers if help is required. Also the modular degree course is less stressful than conventional degree courses from other universities.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

Oxford Brookes offers a great place to study. There are three campuses each with its own benefits. The virtual learning system that provides all your lectures is very efficient so that even if you do miss any of your studies you can catch up and even overtake the lectures ahead of them being taught. This means that you can arrive in our lecture and ask questions relating to the topic at hand expanding your knowledge further.

What advice do you have for others?

Study your lectures from day one. Yes its tedious especially after long hard days at university. But I will assure you it all pays off. The more you study from day one the less you study closer to your exams. So whilst everyone is cramming in the libraries trying desperately to pass you can be in the park soaking in the sunshine. (exams tend to happen in summer)

What are your plans for when you've completed your course, for work or further study?

Once I have graduated I will be looking to acquire a job to provide me more experience in the field of surveying. After completing two or three years I wish to apply for my APC to reach chartered status.

Work placement: Cooper Construction Ltd

What do you think of the industrial placement aspect of your course?

I was initially apprehensive as I was not confident if I was going to succeed. However the industrial placement concreted my desire to become a QS. It made me realise exactly what role a QS plays in the construction industry and what day to day activities are a normal part of a QS lifestyle. To say the least I thoroughly enjoyed and have full confidence that I have made the right career decision.

Student's responsibility on team

Trainee Quantity Surveyor and Buyer

Experience gained

SMM7; Building Quantities; Final Accounts; Procurement of materials; Sourcing Sub contractor; Managing Sub contractors on multi sites; Negotiating prices with suppliers; Arranging contracts; Chasing Payments / Invoices.

Training received

All of the above including Operation and Maintenance manuals; AutoCAD; Re –measurement; Building terminology; syntax of taking off.