Date: Friday October 6, 2017 at 8:20am
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.
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.
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
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
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
“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.”
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
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