As a recruiter in the Built Environment, clients regularly demand that they want to hire candidates who are already chartered or at least on that journey, and I have often wondered, why is this so important? 

Realistically, what can someone with MRICS status do that someone without can’t? How does gaining that status really demonstrate quality? 

Last month, I attended Turner & Townsend’s insightful introduction into the importance of gaining MRICS to help with my understanding of this.

Patricia Moore, the UK Managing Director of Turner & Townsend, led this event and began by explaining her own path into gaining chartership. Born and raised in Scotland, she started in the construction industry straight out of college. With the pressures of going straight into University and studying full-time around her, Patricia knew that wouldn’t be the right choice for her. Instead, as a determined young person she sought out an apprenticeship working on projects gaining real, hands-on experience and studying part-time for her professional qualifications.

It was the prospect of gaining this chartership that led her on a path down to London and thus, resulting in her becoming the UK Managing Director of a large, successful construction consultancy here in the Capital.

With T&T’s graduates and employees present in the audience, listening to their own Managing Director’s personal journey makes the idea of gaining chartership for themselves even more real and achievable. For those more ambitious members of the audience, I’m sure it demonstrates how pushing yourself to achieve MRICS can lead to a more successful career in this industry. The impact it had on her life was a whole relocation to another country, and it’s been a hugely rewarding move with the opportunities it opened for her.

The gaining of MRICS status arguably speaks for itself – it’s a globally recognised accreditation and from an employer’s perspective, assures they have a genuine, quality candidate. Those who opt to gain this professional status are demonstrating that they want to develop themselves in the industry, setting and promoting only the highest of standards in construction.

Since the event, the discussion of MRCIS with my candidates is something that I have understood a lot more. The impact of gaining this professional accreditation is different for everyone; it’s not just a qualification. For Patricia, it led her on a career move to London and for the graduates of the industry, it will be interesting to see how this develops their own careers. Perhaps the next UK Managing Director will be sharing a similar experience!

It is also interesting to see the amount of companies in the market today who offer support in gaining this through having their own APC assessors in the business. 

If progression is something that matters to you in your career, why not see if your company can offer you this? In an industry with an ageing workforce and a poor pipeline of skilled young people, why not rise above the rest and demonstrate that you can offer quality! 

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