My surveying story: Diane Dumashie

Diane DumashieDiane Dumashie, an independent corporate consultant, surveyor and land economist, told RICS Recruit about her career.

“Surveying was something that, quite honestly, I fell into. I knew that I didn’t want to have a ‘traditional’ office job; however, I was sure that I wanted a career which allowed me to work outdoors with land and natural resources, and which had good prospects for progression and job satisfaction. I’m pleased to say that that’s exactly what surveying has proved to be.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have a huge deal of variety in my working life.  Specifically over the last decade or so, with a PhD specialism in coastal policy and business, I have provided consultancy to coastal business. I have also followed my passion by branching out into the African market to advise on protecting access rights for coastal communities.

“My advice to anyone looking to start out in the sector is to ensure you’ve got a good mix of ‘soft’ skills – such as report writing, decision making and leadership – to accompany the more traditional technical skills of collecting the right information and data to analyse. It is now more important to be able to make ‘sense of’ and apply that knowledge to problem solving. If you possess that combination of attributes, you’ll fit into the surveying sector extremely well. And, if you’re anything like me, it’ll be the best decision you’ll ever make.”

From RICS Recruit

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