The three characteristics you need to win a Young Achiever award

The RICS launched the 2017 Young Surveyor of the Year awards last month. It is one of many awards that celebrate the achievements of the next generation of our industry; the movers and shakers who will shape construction and property in the 2020's, 30's, 40's and beyond.

Across all these awards there are three characteristics which I believe are critical for a young achiever. Tick off all three and you're in the running! 

Career development, Contribution to the profession and Community impact

Technical excellence, creating an interesting career

It goes without saying that award winners must be able to demonstrate they are at the top of their game, whether you are a technical specialist or a business leader. 

However you don't have to have designed the next Shard to be in the running; a career path that shows progression, development and going the extra mile for clients and colleagues is more important that the projects themselves.

Positive impact on your community

As a young engineer, architect or consultant, demonstrating that you have made a positive impact on others is key. This may be through STEM activities, supporting careers events or through mentoring others in the workplace.

Judges will look for someone who goes above and beyond for the greater good, someone who puts themselves out to help others in the industry or the wider community. 

Commitment and contribution to your profession

It would be unfair to say that every winner of a young professional award has made a direct contribution to the awarding body, although looking at some of the awards made in the last few years there is certainly a correlation between the two. 

But it is important that a candidate can demonstrate that they have made a contribution to their profession, whether that's volunteering for roles within the relevant professional body, contributing to research or positively impacting industry perceptions.

For the young professional joining the industry today, I would advocate blogging or some other form of contribution to the industry, helping to promote a positive image of careers in construction and property.

The positive impact of winning an award 

I'm very proud to work with some fantastic talent at Pick Everard, including Dipen Vanmali who was awarded Young Building Surveyor of the Year in 2015, Maela Bakerwho made the finals of the 2016 Young Woman Engineer of the Year and Joshua Sandbach who was shortlisted for 2017's APM Young Project Manager of the Year. It is a real boost to be surrounded by inspirational professionals within our business.

I also speak with experience on the subject, having been very honoured to receive the Constructing Excellence Young Achiever of the Year award last year. I still can't quite believe I was selected and will never forget the surreal moment as they described my career to date to a room of 200+ industry leaders.

Of course judges will be looking for something that makes a candidate stand out, but ticking off those three core criteria will certainly put any candidate in the running.

This blog was originally posted on LinkedIn in May 2017.