Despite the flexibility to work from home, Sarah Lee always looks forward to coming to the office. Find out why from the interview below.
In the Spotlight
My day-to-day role as a QS includes updating all my variation order summaries for each project, calling contractors to justify their rates, discussing my cost assessments with my directors, and having occasional chit-chat sessions with colleagues!
I was a Sales Associate at H&M. That was during the period while waiting to enter university. I hope I am still good at hanging and folding clothes.
I first learned about AIS through my university’s internship programme. AIS (formerly known as Arcadis) was my first choice, and I have never regretted it.
I worked under Nancy during my internship and assisted her in her projects. She was insightful and her career path inspired me to pursue QS. The office interior has, of course, changed very drastically since my internship days! The office was filled with endless stacks of paper everywhere during my internship. I am so glad we were progressing towards a paperless work style when I officially joined AIS. Since my budding QS days (and still a budding QS), I can see how the company has become more empathetic and the management’s effort adapting to modern work environments/styles (i.e. flexible work-from-home culture).
The flexibility of working where and when. I love the people. I enjoy hanging out with my colleagues. Some of my colleagues have become my close friends. Because of this, I enjoy going to work. Going to the office and meeting my colleagues is something I look forward to.
Working from home (laughs) because I only take 1 min to walk from my bedroom to my study.
I started working in AIS when I graduated from the university. I find myself learning how to carry myself during meetings, what to say, how to say, how to tackle those who disagree with us. We will face setbacks at work, and each project will have challenges. Through each project, I find my resilience and tenacity growing.
My biggest accomplishment at AIS is to complete the final account for Guocoland’s Martin Modern residential project. I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to close the final account despite being a budding QS.
My Directors – Gurdev and Fion. I am always amazed at how they balance work and personal lives. I am also personally friends with them, and their love and dedication towards their family and children inspires me to be a better daughter.
I enjoy water sports. I love swimming; my favourite swimming stroke is freestyle (some say front crawl). I love snorkelling and recently got my open-water diving license! I love being one with the ocean.
I love a K-Pop boy band called ‘BTS”; my bias is Jin. One of my hobbies is watching their videos and squealing over how handsome they are.
Sometimes work eats into family and friends’ time because of the tight deadlines, but that is fine. I believe that our family and friends must understand that our industry can sometimes be like this. However, on our end, what we can do is manage our time well. We must put away distractions when approaching a deadline and plan what needs to be done before getting the task done.
I have never managed to eat a whole McSpicy burger on my own before.
I would want to switch with Zaleha, our Senior Receptionist at AIS. I always dreamt of being a female receptionist that picks up and transfers the phone line in a very cool way. On top of that, I always wanted to greet guests in a very sophisticated way. “Zaleha, please let me be a receptionist for a day!”
Don’t think too much, just try.
Fun, Community, Quality
Sarah is a promising Quantity Surveyor who has set her sights into becoming a future leader in the construction industry. Sarah has over four years of experience in Quantity Surveying and Cost Management for commercial, retail and residential projects. She has worked with various public and private clients across Singapore. Projects she has worked on include Project Marina, Uniqlo Outlets, Philips APAC Centre and Martin Modern residential.
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