We interviewed Jo Godolphin from Ward Williams Associates to find out…
When did you develop an interest in construction?
I have always loved architecture and the built environment, but as I was much better at maths than art at school, becoming an architect didn’t seem like an option.
How did you get into the industry?
I fell into construction accidentally! I had undertaken a BA (Hons) in Music, through the Open University, and was not sure where to go from there, as I was keen to stay in Cornwall.
When I found a vacancy for a trainee Quantity Surveyor, I had no idea what it meant, so I looked online. When I read the job description, it ticked so many of my boxes that I had to apply. I got the job and haven’t looked back since.
What is the most rewarding/enjoyable aspect of the job?
I absolutely love that no day is the same; one day I can be meeting with a contractor on site to discuss finishes on behalf of a client and the next day I can be in the boardroom with solicitors discussing construction contracts. My role also allows me to be involved at all stages of a project.
Some people call Quantity Surveyors ‘brick counters’, which we don’t do much of anymore. That said, measurement can be more therapeutic than a good Sudoku puzzle!
What advice would you give to those thinking of going into construction?
It’s a hugely important industry for the country, however, there are lots of misconceptions. There are brilliant career opportunities available and I would urge anyone to consider it as an option. There is increasing diversity and opportunities – you can do anything you want to do.
To find out more, and to meet Jo in person, visit Truro School’s careers convention on Wednesday 14 March.