Surveyors – Is your “specialism” stalling your career and reducing your long-term earnings?
As I write this, I am working with Surveyors of all types. Some have broad experience, others a more specialist focus, such as insurance reinstatement, high-rise buildings, or the rail sector.
Sometimes your specialism will have benefits, especially in the short term, but as with every choice there are consequences too – something you may discover when you come to take your next career step.
The truth is, a lot of employers see specialism as a restriction. Here are just a few reasons why:
❌ Training requirements – Your specialism in one area means you’ll need training before getting involved in other areas of work. So, if a company delivers a broad range of work, they’ll need to spend time and money getting you up to speed
❌ Adaptability – Depending on your length of time in one sector, your focus can raise questions about your ability to change. 5-10 years in a specific niche may leave employers thinking that you’re stuck in your ways
❌ Flexibility – In turbulent times a company’s focus changes and employers need staff who can deliver a range of work
However, if you ARE specialised then I want you to know that none of these issues are insurmountable.
How do you get past them?
Whether that means asking to be exposed to a wider range of work within your own company, or making a sideways move to a company with a broader workload, you’ll soon increase your appeal to a wider range of employers.
The bottom line is, the moment you recognise that you’re being pigeonholed is the time to change.
I have helped numerous people to make this change, and with a proper strategy you can take control of your career and benefit from: –
✔ Higher long-term earnings
✔ Improved progression opportunities
✔ Increased job options when you need or want to move
If you’re a highly specialised surveyor and you want to broaden your experience, just send me a DM and we can discuss your situation. I don’t need your CV.