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Think you’re done learning on the job? Senior estimators weigh in

Posted by Jim Fearon, Hays VP, on Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

Hays Blog: Estimators must invest in lifelong learningNo matter how senior you are there’s still more to learn – especially as new technology comes on the scene.

“You’re never done learning. No matter how far you progress and how experienced you are there are still new things to learn,” says Martin van Balen, senior estimator with Graham Group. “Keeping up with new developments and technology is key. You don’t need to be an expert – although there are going to be lots of opportunities for experts as technology becomes a bigger part of the job – but you need to know how the technology works, what information it can process, and how you can use it.”

Graham Group offers employee training, both internally and externally, and van Balen suggests checking what your employer offers, and how you can qualify for their support.

Most employers will offer some kind of support, including non-financial such as reduced workload or time off to study.

Turner Canada has its own “university” to make sure employees get the continuous training and education, and to help reduce the skills shortage they have a unique Learning Tree forum to help employees share knowledge across departments, seniority levels, cities and timezones.

 “Turner encourages employees to invest in themselves in the “best self” they aspire to be,” Jeff Logan, senior estimator with Turner Construction. “One problem with the skills shortage is that you end up with a lot of senior people with knowledge and expertise that isn’t passed on to the next generation. Learning Tree helps address that to reduce the skills gap and improve knowledge transfer.”

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