Recently, we caught up with our newest member of the team, Matthew Hillier, about life as a Graduate Quantity Surveyor with BDG Thomson Gray.

What inspired you to take up a career in the construction industry?

From a young age I have had a keen interest in buildings. I actually initially accepted a place to do architecture at University, before finding out more about quantity surveying. I changed my mind fairly quickly and have not looked back since.

Can you describe a typical day in your role at BDG Thomson Gray?

There is no such thing as a typical day in the construction industry. Working in a smaller practice, I get the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects that each present their own challenges.

In a single day, I could be working on 3-4 completely different projects.

What is your favourite part of the job?

I have always wanted a job that offers a balance between being in an office and getting outdoors.  One of the most rewarding parts of the job is getting out on site and seeing progress.

 What is your biggest achievement to date?

To date, I would say that obtaining a First Class Honours degree from Robert Gordon University is my biggest achievement. The course at RGU, particularly the industrial placement element, was hugely beneficial in confirming that I made the right career choice.


What are your future career aspirations?

BDG Thomson Gray put a big emphasis on professional development. I am currently working through my APC as I look to achieve the MRICS qualification. Aside from this, I am looking to get experience in as many areas of the business as possible, with a view to continuing my development as a young professional.