In honour of International Women's Day, we thought there would be no better time to launch our Spotlight On interview series. Over the next coming months, we'll be interviewing the rising stars, the up and coming and those with an inspirational story to share.
Our first interview is with Kate Mcloughlin, a Project Cost Consultant at Arcadis, who is making waves in the Quantity Surveyor world. She was recently Highly Commended at RICS Matrics YSOY Awards for Mentor of the Year! Kate spoke to us about how Young Entrepreneurs in Property organisation can help those in the industry broaden their network and the advice she'd give to recent graduates.
As a Project Cost Consultant at Arcadis, how would you describe your role?
Every day is different which is something I really enjoy. I have a fantastic team around me, who make coming to work enjoyable, and I'm lucky enough to work for a great company, who support both personal and professional development through many initiatives. I’ve had the opportunity to work across sectors on great projects. One of my most recent projects, The Former Unitarian Chapel in Manchester, has just been shortlisted for a RICS Building Conservation Award.
What does 2018 have in store for you?
I'm currently working on the £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, so I will continue to work closely with MAG and see the transformation really start to take shape. I’ll also continue to Mentor for Career Ready, a national charity, preparing young people for the world of work.
What led you to the role you’re in now, did you have a career plan?
I have always been interested in the built environment, I was lucky enough to work as trainee QS throughout university, which really gave me confidence and an insight into the world of work. Once I graduated, I knew I wanted to become chartered as soon as possible, Arcadis (EC Harris at the time) had a great graduate scheme which really encouraged this, which is why I joined the company.
What do you wish other people knew about your role?
Everyone assumes Quantity Surveyors count bricks, and they don’t. We have such a varied role, every day is different, no project you work on will ever be the same. If someone asked me 10 years ago "where do you see yourself?" I would never have imagined saying I work in the Aviation Sector on a programme of works that will change the way in which we travel and have a huge impact on the Northern Hub.
Is there any piece of advice you would give to recent graduates starting out in their careers?
If you don’t know, then ask. Don’t be worried that your question might sound silly, the people around you have so much valuable experience- make the most of it.
What is your proudest achievement so far?
I think I have two, one is becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and the second is being Highly Commended at RICS Matrics YSOY Awards for Mentor of the Year in 2017.
You’re involved with the Young Entrepreneurs in Property organisation how has this platform helped you?
YEP is a great way of meeting new people and this platform has definitely helped me broaden my network, ultimately YEPs vision is to be the go-to organisation for the future leaders in property. We have held some great events over the past year and will soon be celebrating our 1st Birthday.