Since graduating with a first-class in BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying in 2013 Jack has been working in Paris and Pointe-Noire (Republic of Congo) for ENI Saipem. In the role of Contract Administrator he is responsible for assessing and monitoring the risks and opportunities of contracts and is currently working on Moho Nord projects.

Why did you decide to come to Heriot-Watt over other places offering similar courses?

Aside from being one of only two or three leading UK universities offering a degree in Quantity Surveying it also had the benefit of being located in Edinburgh which is a fantastic city to live in with plenty to do outside university.

What did you feel were the most positive aspects of your time studying here?

Naturally I would say achieving my first-class honours degree is my most positive memory of Heriot-Watt, closely followed by meeting so many people who are now good friends.

Was there anything that you found challenging?

Group work will always be a challenge at university in terms of trying to get a large group of equals working together effectively and keeping the peace.

What was the teaching support like?

Support was always accessible at Heriot-Watt and whenever I needed help or clarification I felt comfortable approaching lecturers, class representatives or university mentors.

How has your experience at Heriot-Watt benefited you since?

The Quantity Surveying programme has also given me a basic understanding of project planning and engineering which is necessary for my role and a good platform to build upon.

What advice would you give to a student considering embarking on their studies at Heriot-Watt?

Ensure that you're proactive with applying and planning for recruitment processes. Many applications for sought after positions have early cut-off dates and multiple applications, phone interviews, face-to-face interviews and assessment centres will be very time consuming.

Regarding academic resources the School of the Built Environment's Resource Centre is very well equipped so with exception to a handful of key texts don't spend a fortune on academic textbooks.