IN THE SPOTLIGHT

As a Senior Quantity Surveyor, Julius passion is more than just on numbers. His hobby includes outdoor activities and papercrafting. He also took part in performing swab tests and the onsite swabbing centre during Covid-19 pandemic.

In the Spotlight

Interview with Julius Khor, Senior Quantity Surveyor

Q1. What’s the day-to-day of your role like?

Describing my daily responsibilities, I often say, ‘no two days are the same,’ and in my role, that’s genuinely the case. It’s akin to being a detective in the world of construction projects. My tasks involve delving deep into the intricacies of costs and quantities, seeking clues hidden within drawings and specifications and helping to solve mysteries.

A big part of my job is juggling tasks from different projects, from number crunching and contract administration to client communications and collaborative discussions with team members and my line manager. Every day brings a new puzzle to solve and an opportunity to positively impact the project’s success. I thrive on the dynamic nature of my job and the opportunities it presents to effect positive change in our projects.

Q2. Before working at AIS, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

During the rapid spread of COVID-19 in migrant worker dormitories in Singapore, I volunteered for my previous employer, a building contractor, to be part of an in-house self-swab team, with the efforts to identify any potential cases of COVID-19 early, thereby minimising the risk of transmission within the workforce.

Once a fortnight, we set up the on-site swabbing centre and performed swab tests to collect respiratory samples from our colleagues under the supervision of healthcare professionals.

This battle was tough initially – from waking up in the early mornings to long hours of wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and putting ourselves on the front line interacting with potentially COVID-19-positive individuals. Despite the difficulties, the experience has been incredibly rewarding. We developed a shared sense of pride to support the workers on the ground while they felt at ease that we were there to protect them during the pandemic.

Q3. What do you find the most challenging working at AIS?

Transitioning to AIS from a contractor quantity surveyor background presented a unique set of challenges. Adapting from a project-centric approach to a broader advisory capacity required a significant shift in perspective. I had to develop my client relationship management skills and deepen my contract administration knowledge. These challenges, however, have become invaluable learning opportunities, allowing me to grow professionally within the AIS framework.

Q4. What do you like most about AIS?

What I appreciate most about AIS is the organisation’s dedication to fostering a flexible working environment. The ability to work remotely, coupled with advanced technological support for collaboration, has transformed my approach to work. This flexibility has been instrumental in balancing my personal life and professional responsibilities, enhancing my overall productivity and job satisfaction.

Q5. What’s the most unique part about working here?

The Unique Community at AIS! The most distinctive aspect of working at AIS is the remarkable sense of community within the workplace. From my very first day, I was welcomed by a team that genuinely emphasises mutual support and well-being. The inclusive and cooperative culture at AIS not only promotes a strong sense of belonging but also encourages the exchange of diverse ideas. This vibrant community atmosphere is what truly distinguishes AIS and makes every workday an enriching and enjoyable experience.

Q6. How have you grown professionally while at AIS?

I have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects in different stages, which allows me to expand my expertise and gain a comprehensive understanding of different project types, construction methods, and industry regulations.

In addition, AIS has been proactive in providing continuous learning through master classes on contract administration and QS practice and the recently introduced Young Professional Circle (YPC). These opportunities have equipped me with a broader skill set, and I strive to pursue further opportunities for learning and development in the future.

Q7. Who are some of your biggest inspirations within the company?

Within AIS, my line manager stands out as a significant source of inspiration for me. She has a remarkable calmness and composure even in high-pressure situations, which I find incredibly inspiring. She exemplifies calmness and resilience, demonstrating the importance of maintaining balance through strategic breaks and rejuvenating activities. Observing her has provided me invaluable insights into effective stress management and shaped my aspirations for professional conduct within the company.

Q8. Describe your hobby.

I am really into outdoor activities as a hobby. It is where I feel most alive and connected to the world around me. Whether it is hiking, cycling, or simply going for a run in the park, I love immersing myself in nature.

Q9. What is it about you that most of your colleagues don’t know?

Most of my colleagues may not know my passion for papercraft and cardmaking. I love working with paper to create personalised cards for various occasions. Whether it is birthdays or special milestones, I enjoy designing unique cards for my friends and family and bring a sense of warmth.

Q10. What advice do you have for prospective AIS candidates?

For those considering joining the AIS team, I highly recommend exploring our website and social media platforms to gain a comprehensive understanding of our vibrant company culture and the variety of initiatives we undertake. At AIS, we place great emphasis on fostering a supportive and collaborative environment through regular team-building events, comprehensive training workshops, and robust mentorship programs. These opportunities ensure that every team member feels valued and empowered to achieve their professional development goals.

Having the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects in different stages allows me to expand my expertise and gain a comprehensive understanding of different project types, construction methods, and industry regulations.
Julius-Khor
Julius Khor has over 6 years of experience in the areas of Quantity Surveying and Cost Management for civil and building projects across Singapore. Projects he has worked on included Solitare at 148 Cecil Street, Kim Chuan Depot Extension and several HDB upgrading projects. He enjoys being part of a leading and productive team and thrives in challenging work environment.

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