Are you looking for a career in construction? Well, leave the stereotype of builders drinking tea and nibbling on bacon butties behind. The construction industry is a serious business and skills in management, figures and a good dose of practical experience are crucial to make headway in this competitive industry.
Where do you start?
The good news is that many of the key players in the construction industry provide apprenticeships and graduate programmes each year, which is a fantastic way to get into the industry. Another excellent way to break into the world of construction is to do work experience. You may be required to do unpaid labour; however, the contacts you will make from this type of placement will put you in good stead to continue a career in construction.
What career could I have in construction?
The construction industry is far removed from the ‘building trade’ of the past and is now a diverse, stimulating and contemporary industry to be a part of. It’s not just the industry itself which is diverse, the job roles within this sector are varied and there’s a role for everyone. Some of the roles available in the construction industry include:
- Building control surveyor
- Building services engineer
- Contracting civil engineer
- Housing manager
- Quantity surveyor
- Structural engineer
- Town planner
What sort of work would I be doing in construction?
The type of work involved in the construction industry is incredible varied. Many construction companies operate both nationally and international – which means there is also a chance to travel the world whilst working on projects!
Construction companies will undertake a wide range of projects in many different areas including transportation, retail, energy and mining just to name a few.
Not entirely sure you want to work in construction? Is there an alternative industry which offers the same career diversity?
Our client, Balfour Beatty WorkPlace Ltd, is a prime example of another leading industry which offers the same variety of work as construction. Balfour Beatty WorkPlace Ltd is part of the Balfour Beatty Group, an international infrastructure company that helps a wide range of clients improve their performance, by making long-lasting and substantial change. Balfour Beatty WorkPlace Ltd works in partnership with organisations such as Sainsbury’s, the BBC and the NHS, to help their environments allow their clients to perform to the best of their ability.
Where does CIPHR come in?
We provide sophisticated and integrated HR software to a wide range of clients, including some major players in the construction industry. This means we know the sector inside out and back to front and we know what makes construction industry leaders tick!
If you have any specific questions about into getting into the construction industry why not drop us an email, leave a comment on our Facebook page or send us a tweet? Over the next few weeks we’re going to be focusing on the key industries we work with, and providing you, our audience, with insights and tips on how to break into these challenging sectors.