Thinking About a Career in the Construction Industry? | Step Unit

Thinking About a Career in the Construction Industry? | Step Unit

19th July 2017

Until recent years, a career in the construction industry meant spending your working life as a hands on builder.  Nowadays, things have changed and the construction industry is a great sector for youngsters with prospects galore!  Construction Management is an attractive career option for anybody starting out within the industry and here’s what you need to know if you think Construction Management is for you.

A Degree in Construction

A degree in one of the areas of construction is a must nowadays if you want to be sure of employment opportunities in the future.  So – once you have your degree, how do you get the experience you need to get a job? You do a “sandwich degree” which includes a year of work experience with 3 years of study.  Graduates who already have some work experience within the industry are twice as likely to get work in the construction industry as those who do a standard 3 year degree course without the year of work experience.

Those who are doing well in the construction industry these days are usually the people with a degree based education.  There are so many courses available at universities across the UK and the construction industry is seeing a skills shortage at present that needs to be solved.  Getting a degree in one of the relevant fields such as Construction Management, Facilities Management or Quantity Surveying is almost a guarantee of employment in the future.

Figuring it Out

The construction industry is much more competitive these days than it was in the past.  Construction companies are on the lookout for employees who are good with figures.  Money focused workers are necessary in order to help predict and manage budgets, so those who have chosen a degree in Quantity Surveying are likely to have the most options available to them when they graduate.  Those who are good with figures are often the ones with greater earning potential and make faster career progression in their chosen field. 

Beat the Competition

With more school leavers choosing a careen in the construction sector, there’s a fiar amount of competition for the best jobs.  Getting a degree puts you at the forefront when it comes to applying for jobs in the industry.  However, if you really want to get the jump when it comes to job prospects, you’ll need to start applying for jobs before you graduate.  Leaving it too late has cost so many youngsters a decent job.  Getting a job is a lengthy process nowadays as there is quite a bit of legislation that employers need to comply with such as background checks.  The interview process itself can be quite long and drawn out due to the sheer number of applicants to be considered.

This all means that you’ll need to be proactive when it comes to applying for jobs whilst still studying if you want to start working as soon as you graduate.