Katie Lewis, Quantity Surveyor, Imtech Engineering Services Central
‘It motivates me to plan and achieve targets and deadlines and to have the opportunity to challenge myself and learn new skills’
How have you got to where you are today?
I joined Imtech G&H Ltd in 2009 on a temporary basis to do some filing. The original plan was for 4-6 weeks. I am now a qualified Quantity Surveyor at Imtech Engineering Services Central Ltd. I have experience from previously working in the Finance, Plant & Procurement and QSHE Departments as well as Training new starters in our Microsoft Navision ERP System.
What training have you had that has impacted on your career?
As a Trainee Quantity Surveyor I undertook a two year MSc Quantity Surveying degree at Nottingham Trent University and also had day to day on the job training – working with Senior Quantity Surveyors and wider project teams.
What skills do you think you need to be successful in your role?
Hard Skills are something Imtech are good at developing in individuals – such as offering training courses and ‘shadowing’ colleagues. However, I believe there are certain Soft Skills people need to have in order to be successful within the company such as communication, adaptability, team working, problem solving and self-motivation/have a willingness to learn.
What advice would you give to someone starting their career?
It’s your career so if you don’t make it happen, it won’t happen. Make it clear what your overall objectives are and plan how short term achievements can help you accomplish your long term goal. Be aware of your strengths and use them. Don’t take them for granted as you will see we are all different and businesses need a variety of talents. Challenge yourself to work on your weaknesses so they can one day become your strengths.