Introducing Sutoidem Theophilus from Lagos, Nigeria:
Where did you study?
I studied Geoinformatics & Surveying at the University of Uyo, Nigeria.
What are the requirements to be a surveyor in your area?
The requirements to become a registered surveyor by law in Nigeria are:
• A first degree in surveying or geomatics.
How did you get into surveying?
I got into surveying out of the interest I grew with. As a young boy, I was exposed to the construction industry by my father who was a builder and town planner. The frequent site visits and intricacies of the built environment fascinated me a lot. This was a determining factor in my career choice when I was to enrol at the university. I have had a robust share of field experiences as I got into paid employment in my second year at the university.
How long have you been in the industry?
I have been in the industry for eleven years
Are you part of any associations or organisations you would like us to mention?
I am a registered member of;
- Nigerian Institution of Surveyors
- FIG Young Surveyors Network (FIG YSN)
- Volunteer Community Surveyor Program (VCSP)
- Young Surveyors Network, Lagos State Branch
- Land Surveyors United (LSU)
- We Robotics
- British Project Management Academy (BPMA)- student member
- Geospace Survey Network
- Surveyors Connect
Why do you want to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador?
I am beyond thrilled to convey my deep interest in becoming a Brand Ambassador for the remarkable initiative, Get Kids into Survey. Allow me to articulate why I am wholeheartedly passionate about taking on this role:
Get Kids into Survey has deeply touched my heart and kindled an unwavering passion within me to make a lasting impact on young minds. By assuming the role of a Brand Ambassador, I can contribute my skills, boundless enthusiasm, and unwavering dedication to this worthy cause. Together, let’s shape the future of surveying!
Why is it important for kids to know about surveying and the wider geospatial industry?
Enlightening children about surveying and the expansive geospatial industry holds tremendous significance for several compelling reasons:
• Unveiling Career Possibilities: Introducing surveying to kids from an early age grants them the opportunity to explore potential career paths they might not have previously considered. This exposure broadens their horizons and unlocks the doors to a field that seamlessly merges science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), presenting abundant prospects for growth and advancement.
- Promoting Environmental Awareness: Surveying plays a pivotal role in environmental conservation and sustainable development. Children who grasp the concept of surveying understand the criticality of accurate measurements, monitoring our natural resources, comprehending land use patterns, and preserving ecosystems. This knowledge fosters environmental consciousness, instilling a profound sense of responsibility towards our planet.
- By educating children about surveying and the broader geospatial industry, we inspire them to become future professionals who actively contribute to innovation, sustainable development, and the betterment of society as a whole. Moreover, it empowers them to make well-informed decisions and enables them to appreciate the interconnectedness between humans, the environment, and the built environment.
What are you going to do as an ambassador for GKiS?
My initiatives as an ambassador for Get Kids into Survey are comprehensive and focused on promoting the importance of introducing children to the field of surveying. By implementing these actions, I look forward to creating a strong foundation for generating interest and nurturing young talent in the industry. Here’s a summary of the initiatives:
- Educational Campaigns: I will collaborate to develop campaigns to raise awareness about surveying and its career opportunities.
- Outreach Programs: I will organize interactive workshops, presentations, and hands-on activities in schools and educational institutions.
- Online Content Creation: I will create engaging and informative digital content about surveying through blog posts, videos, infographics, and social media campaigns.
- Mentoring and Internship Programs: Establishing mentoring programs and collaborating with industry partners to provide internship opportunities for aspiring surveyors will be part of my plans as an ambassador.
- Collaboration with Schools and Institutions: Partnering with educational institutions to include surveying- related topics in their curriculum or extracurricular activities is incorporated in my plan as well.
- Events and Competitions: I will support and participate in surveying-focused events, competitions, and career fairs.
- Advocacy and Partnerships: I will engage with policymakers, government bodies, and industry stakeholders to advocate for surveying education and collaborate with organizations in the geospatial industry.
By implementing these initiatives, I will inspire and empower children to explore the field of surveying, fostering a new generation of professionals who can contribute to the industry’s growth and societal development. Good luck with your role as an ambassador for Get Kids into Survey.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are; writing, research, swimming, listening to music across genres etc.
If you/your company had a GKiS character, what would it be?
Setsuko Tanaka (The Eco Warrior)
What resource would you like to see next from GKiS?
As an ambassador for Get Kids into Survey, I believe it would be valuable to develop an interactive online learning platform or educational app specifically designed for children. This resource could offer engaging content and activities related to surveying, tailored to different age groups. Here are some key features and components that could be included in such a resource:
By developing such an interactive online learning platform or educational app, Get Kids into Survey can provide children with an immersive and engaging experience that sparks their interest in surveying, promotes STEM education, and empowers them to explore the exciting world of geospatial sciences.