Would-be graduates of quantity surveying received a major head start from their senior colleagues in the all – important division of job search as the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) created a platform for interaction between them and key industry players / employers of labour, last week.
The event which was its first was tagged: The Quantity Surveyor / Project Management (QS /PM) Job Fair and held at the University of Lagos, an institution which only recently established the quantity surveying department had an impressive turnout with about 26 key employers of labour participating.
In her opening address, NIQS president, Mrs. Mercy Iyortyer noted that the fair was organized in line with the objectives of the institution, which among other things, is to promote the quantity surveying profession in all its ramifications and to provide a platform for dealing with matters of mutual interest to the profession.
“In my inaugural speech, I highlighted capacity building and expansion of frontiers of opportunities as core action plans in achieving my vision for the Institute. So far, we have been able to carry out some activities to bring some of our plans to fruition. The aim of this job fair is to give job seekers a fair and equal opportunity to meet and interact with prospective employers with the goal of finding employment.
“This is to be achieved by bringing employers of quantity surveyors face to face with potential employees and by helping to prepare our members who are seeking for jobs with the right job seeking skills,” she stated.
She added that the fair was fundamentally designed to be mutually beneficial to both the job seekers and employers of labour by providing the needed opportunity for the graduates of quantity surveying to showcase and sell their skills to prospective employers and in turn provide employers with the opportunity to meet and possibly engage the best candidates that will add value to their organizations.
Resource persons who spoke at the plenary sessions of the pilot event included the deputy managing director, UAC Property Development Company (UPDC) Limited on ‘Structuring of QS Appointment Levels’; Mr. Benson Tugbobo, Executive Director, ETCO Nigeria Limited on ‘The Different Roles and Functions of Quantity Surveyors in Different Organisations’; Mrs. Ndidi Adegbite Managing Director, Phronesis Precepts and Resources Limited on ‘Getting Employed and Preparing for Employment’ and Lucien Kancel, Managing Director, Arbico on ‘Benefits and Challenges of to Employers Working with QS’.