Inspirational mum balances QSing and motherhood

Bernie Pitt is a second-year Quantity Surveying student who balances study, work, children and a voluntary role as student representative for the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

“Once I’ve finished my Quantity Surveying qualification I also want to study Construction Management so I have a fully rounded skill set.  When I have completed my tertiary study I want to be able to work in many roles in the commercial building industry.  I don’t want to be limited in the jobs I can do and I want to understand the whole process of construction,” says Bernie.


Already working for construction company Hawkins, Bernie decided to enter the construction industry early on.  “Quantity Surveying is a choice and commitment that I would not have made if I did not see a lot of potential and opportunity.  It’s such an exciting time to be coming into the industry, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment.”


Matt Wilton, Wellington Regional Manager of Hawkins says, “It is a real pleasure to have Bernie in the team.  From day one she has shown the qualities and behaviours that we look for; she is intelligent, very proactive and most importantly has a high level of integrity and is a team player.  We look forward to seeing her complete her studies and continue with the development of her career with Hawkins.”


Bernie is also the recipient of the 2017 Sally Hasell scholarship for women studying towards non-traditional qualifications.  “Although I know my academic achievements are notable, I had never viewed them like that. I see them as meeting my standards and expectations.  Being awarded the scholarship helped me realise that actually, what I had achieved was really special and amazing.


“I would recommend students considering their study options for 2019 to consider applying for a scholarship to study at WelTec.  It’s great to have that support behind you and the whole process is very affirming.  Even just being invited for an interview in front of a panel of academics was very encouraging and such an amazing experience.”


So how does a Mum of three young children have the confidence to pursue their academic and career goals?  “It’s not easy adjusting to fitting in work, life, family and study.  A scholarship takes the pressure off and means my student loan will be paid off sooner and it helps me achieve my long term goals faster. My employer allows me to work flexibly when I need to and this is a great help.  I also have a fantastic role model in my mother who completed a Masters in Information Management last year.”


And what do Bernie’s children think of having a Quantity Surveyor in the making for a Mum?  “They think the PPE gear is pretty cool and they’re growing up in a household where it’s normal for women to be studying and working.  I think they are proud of their Mum.”