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John Johnson

Career Path: Managing Director, Ashdan Consulting Ltd.
Location: Consett, UK

I chose surveying as a career as it was a great balance between an office environment and spending time outside on a construction site seeing how buildings were delivered. I worked for several major construction contractors in various roles before setting up my own Quantity Surveying business in 2015.

What are you doing now?John Johnson

I am the Managing Director of Ashdan Consulting, a firm of Chartered Quantity Surveyors registered with RICS.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Alongside Nottingham Trent, it was known to have the best Quantity Surveying and Construction course in the UK.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Generally mostly lectures when I was there, as it was a long time ago and learning was more formally delivered at that time (long before the internet!).

How connected was your course with industry?

My course was part-time study on a day-release basis as I had a job as a trainee surveyor with a local builder.

What was the best thing about your course?

The friends I made, many of which I know to this day.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

It helped me along the road to becoming Chartered, which in itself has certainly opened some doors that otherwise may have remained closed.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Paying attention to detail, which is critical for a surveying role.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

I'd certainly seriously consider it. It's a great place to study - in fact my own daughter is a current student.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Informative, relaxed and beneficial.

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