Episode 15 of Knowledge Counts Drops Today!

During this episode of Knowledge Counts, Wendy and her guest, Milan Niksic, discuss why possessing strong soft skills is just as, or perhaps more, important than some hard skills. Even though soft skills are not directly relevant to a job such as having a fundamental understanding of budgeting project for a quantity surveyor, without strong communications skills, it can be difficult to make a successful pitch to the company decision makers. Milan discusses various reasons why a company or manager take a person’s soft skills into consideration, such as making sure their personality, attitude and manners are a good fit for the company and/or team’s culture.

Milan Niksic has worked for local and general contractors for close to 30 years. He holds a Master’s degree from Bath University in the UK, an engineering diploma from the SAIT Civil Engineering program and holds the Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) designation from CIQS. As he progressed through his career as an estimator and project coordinator, he settled into a chief estimator position within five years. He has worked for several large general contracting companies on projects across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and worked in director and vice president positions for a developer and manager of pre-construction services. In 2007, Milan accepted a teaching position in the SAIT Civil Engineering Technology program that he graduated from. He feels fortunate for the opportunities he has enjoyed in the industry, the people he has worked with and the individuals he has taught over the years.

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Tip of the Day – To maintain your CIQS designation, you must earn 50 CPD points each membership year. Every Knowledge Counts episode is worth 1 CPD point, so tuning in to our podcast (new and past episodes) is a great way to earn points. For our loyal listeners, today’s episode is the second of three scheduled to be released this fall.
Our podcast series is available on ciqs.org, qscareer.org or on your favourite podcast channel, so you can tune in from virtually anywhere. Listen to it in your office on your computer, or go mobile and learn while you cook, work out or during your commute.
Knowledge Counts is a podcast created by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and produced by Ryan Schriml, featuring one-on-one interviews, presentations and informative discussions from construction industry economists, influencers and experts. Host Wendy Hobbs is a PQS(F) who interviews guests on a variety of topics of interests to Professional Quantity Surveyors (PQS), Construction Estimator Certified (CEC), and professionals from all sectors of the construction industry.