A solid foundation
Always interested in how buildings are put together, Ben Sadowitz says Quantity Surveying ticks all the right boxes.
I talked to a few people in the industry and decided a more practical-based qualification would be better.
Ben Sadowitz has always been interested in how buildings go together. His father’s a civil engineer, and Ben wanted to stay in the same industry.
After deciding on quantity surveying, he took the big step of leaving Auckland for Dunedin.
“I applied to two universities as well, but I chose Otago Polytechnic. I talked to a few people in the industry and decided a more practical-based qualification would be better.”
Ben loves living in Dunedin. “I started off at a home-stay, then moved into a hall of residence. I went flatting in my second year. It was so much fun.”
Ben finished at the top of his class, and gained a scholarship for further education. He now works full time as a quantity surveyor at Rawlinsons.
“Otago Polytechnic set me up really well for work. I knew very little about construction beforehand, but the diploma sorted that. I’m now building on a really solid foundation at work and with further study.”
So Ben’s decision to move to Dunedin and study quantity surveying was definitely the right choice. “I’m really interested in construction and numbers, and quantity surveying involves the economics and pricing of construction, so it ticks all the right boxes! I’ll definitely stay in this career.”
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