Type of Work
There are a variety of jobs available in the construction industry, from hands on practical roles where you get your hands dirty, to management roles where you will based in an office.
People working in construction range from architects, who design the building, to structural engineers and surveyors who ensure the building doesn’t fall down and set budgets for the work. Bricklayers and carpenters who get on with the actual building work, to plasterers, tilers and painter & decorators who add the finishing touches.
If you like science and maths then you may be suited to a career in civil engineering or quantity surveying, if you also have a creative streak then you should consider a career in building services or architecture. If you like working with people and have excellent organisation skills then look into construction management or project management.
If you prefer a more hands on role, where you can design and build things then you should consider the traditional areas of work, such as brickwork, carpentry and joinery and plastering. The requirements for each vary, from attention to detail, head for heights and skilful.
Many job roles in the construction industry require good communication and team working skills, as you could be working on a site where lots of tasks need completing before another tradesman can start, for example the electrical work needs to be completed before the plastering etc.