The School of Architecture and Build Sciences (SABS) organized a career talk for Construction Management students in collaboration with the Institute of Surveyors Kenya (ISK), Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
ISK led by their President, Abraham Samoei, and Chief Executive Officer, Rose Mwaura enlightened the students on the skills needed to succeed in the vibrant field of construction management. The team also emphasized on the need to build networks and keep track of them in order to thrive in the industry.
With the construction industry being one of booming industries in the world and an important part for a country’s economy, Mr. Samoei assured the students that their chosen profession will continue to thrive for years to come. He further advised them to leverage on the opportunities provided by the digital space.
“In this age of technology, I urge you to acquire skills in areas such as analytics and artificial intelligence and carve out a niche because that aids in skills development thus sustaining your career,” elucidated Mr. Samoei.
ISK, comprising of over 4000 members, is a land sector professionals’ organization made up of Valuers, Land Surveyors, Geomatic Engineers, Registered Estate Agents, Property Managers, Building Surveyors, Land Administration Managers and Facilities Managers.
Over the years, Kenya has been rocked by various scandals in the real estate sector and ISK attributes this to unscrupulous companies whose staff do not ascribe to the ISK code of ethics and are not members of ISK.
In this breadth, the ISK officials encouraged the students to familiarize themselves with the code of ethics and apply for ISK membership in order to enjoy benefits such as internship and job opportunities with licensed agencies. The membership would also accord them sponsorship to attend conferences/workshops and the chance to experience the diversity of the profession.
According to the Dean SABS, Prof. Gerryshom Munala, such interactions with industry and professional bodies do not only benefit the students directly but also help develop programs that are in tandem with all aspects of the industry, providing insights on market requirements and new trends.
The skills illuminated by the ISK team included, occupational safety, negotiation, commercial awareness, risk management, legal cognizance, alternate dispute resolution mechanisms, project management, among others.