SAVA School of Surveying - Chris’s Story…..

Date: Friday October 6, 2017 at 8:20am

After finishing his GCSEs Chris Norris decided going down the university route wasn’t to his taste so instead turned his pub restaurant summer job into a full-blown career.  

He climbed the ladder at pub chain Whitbread working all over the UK before reaching the position of general manager, but after eight years Chris decided it was a time for a change and a new job back home in Newton Abbot, Devon.  

“I wanted to move back to Devon with my girlfriend and have a better work/life balance with a job that was a bit more 9 to 5. At the same time I’m big on self-improvement and wanted a career that would allow me to do that and give me a secure future.    

“I didn’t want to go into full-time education …the SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation meant I could work and study at the same time.”  

The diploma is the only vocational qualification route into a career in residential surveying and property valuation. Taking around 15 to 24 months to complete it combines studying from home with regular tutor led training sessions where students mix with fellow learners.  

Tutors give out tasks to be completed at home and recommend students find 10-15 hours a week to work on them. The diploma is also supported by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and qualifies graduates to offer the SAVA Home Condition Survey.  

Chris was one of the diploma’s first full intakes in September 2014 and qualified less than two years later in August 2016.  

“I didn’t find the workload too daunting and there was always the opportunity to stop and ask questions if you didn’t understand something, plus being able to combine the course with day to day working in the industry really suited my learning style ” he says.  

“I’d certainly recommend it, in fact we’ve already put another person on the course and are looking to place more.”  

On successfully completing his Diploma Chris had few concerns about getting work as a new Residential Surveyor: “Since qualifying I’ve been very busy on the valuation side.  

“With older surveyors looking to retire the SAVA Diploma is playing an important role in bringing new blood into the business. It’s one of the reasons why I’d recommend it as a career for younger people; the work is definitely there once you’ve qualified.  

“The financial rewards are also very good but it’s the opportunity to have an interesting career with plenty of variety and build a really successful business.”  

Five years on Chris has no reservations about leaving the restaurant business: “My personal life is 100% better,” he says, ” now I can play five-a-side with my mates every week or go to a barbecue knowing I won’t have to cancel at the last minute.”


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