Have you just passed the APC? Join our upcoming Twitter chat to get advice on this new stage in your career.
After years of studying, days of preparation, hours of rehearsal and the last round of final assessments, the APC is finally over and it’s time for your hard work and sacrifices to start paying dividends.
Regardless of whether you are intending to stay put or move on to bigger and better things, becoming chartered offers you the opportunity to take your career to the next level. Here are some of the benefits now available to you.
1. Internal opportunities
If your employer doesn’t keep their promises now, they never will.
Expect your employer to match your salary expectations and roll out a red carpet to help you achieve future career goals – provided they are realistic.
2. Interest from recruiters
Now that you can use the letters MRICS after your name, you should expect to hear from a lot more recruiters. They will try to offer you the same job, at a similar company, located just around the corner from your current office, but paying £5k more … nothing new there.
If that isn’t enough, you’ll start hearing from old colleagues who want a slice of the action too. Emails that read: “Great to see you’re finally ready to get out of THAT place! I love it here. I could put in a good word for you if you want? We could split the referral fee!” are not uncommon.
3. More money
When it comes to money, there are two very simple things to consider: are promises being kept, and what is the market rate for someone at your level? Have a look at the most recent salary survey to get an idea of your value. Whether you stay at your current company or move on, make sure you’re earning the right amount.
4. Career progression
Getting chartered should just be the beginning. Now you have proved your technical competence you can start planning for the future.
Make sure you’re on the same page as your manager. Schedule a meeting so you can set targets for your next promotion. Are you on track to become an associate or a partner? Is there enough room for you to grow in the company?
Once you have all this worked out, establish how your responsibilities will change and what else you will do to stay on track.
5. If you do decide to move
Expect your current employer to throw absolutely everything at you in order to persuade you to stay. Employee retention is one of the construction industry’s biggest pressure points right now. If your employer cannot keep staff at such a pivotal point in their career, what message does that send to the rest of the company?
Take the time to consider your options properly before deciding what life after the APC means to you.