Jasmin Delacion graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology in the Philippines in 2003 and started her career in her home country immediately afterwards, as a document controller. When she had the opportunity to move to the UAE for work, she grasped it with both hands.
“There is a huge Filipino community here and almost 500,000 live in Dubai, so it did not feel like it was going to be daunting or lonely, especially that I had many friends who had previously made this move. Also, from a career perspective, I was certain a move overseas will be positive for me.” says Jasmin.
In the UAE, Jasmin joined a local construction company as a document controller and when ISG contacted her for a role within its growing team in 2015, she decided to make the move.
“I researched ISG after the interview was confirmed and realised that it’s a global construction business with offices worldwide. The industry here can be cyclical and uncertain at times, so I knew that being part of this established international business will give me the career stability and longevity that I wanted.”
Jasmin joined ISG in 2015 and worked on a number of projects simultaneously, these included Mattel Play Town Dubai, Ford-MEA HQ, Citibank and Zayed University. Her tenacity and organisation skills were widely recognised by the various project teams, so when her manager discovered her technical background and her desire to transition her career into quantity surveying, there was unanimous agreement that she should be given the appropriate training to get the qualifications she needed.
“I was really good at managing documentation and over the many years, it became less exciting. I also longed for a new challenge and to utilise my engineering background. Surveyors get a lot more involved in all aspects of construction, as well as other areas such as tendering, contract negotiations and interface with subcontractors.”
She started her on job training in 2018, shadowing ISG’s commercial team across multiple projects and was given the title of trainee assistant quantity surveyor.
Jasmin is currently managing a small project independently and hopes to complete her training in the next 12 months and to pursue formal qualification afterwards. She sees herself spending many more years with ISG in the UAE as the business continues to grow and the requirement for qualified quantity surveyors, with both technical understanding and project procurement experience, increases.
“I have been training for just over a year now and my exposure to all project stakeholders is greater than ever and that in itself comes with enormous learnings. My understanding of the entire project cycle, from tendering to close out, has improved significantly as well.”
Jasmin Delacion, assistant quantity surveyor