I was disappointed, but not altogether surprised to see a recent Construction News article saying that two thirds of people interviewed would not consider a career in construction. I’ve been in this industry for 15 years and it’s been the best move I’ve ever made. I think that people either love it or hate it, but I think that schools and colleges need to do a better job at educating young people to make sure that they are aware of the possibilities for a long lasting and fulfilling career. Here’s my top 5 reasons why more people should consider a career in construction.
- There are hundreds of different jobs within construction to suit your skills. For analytical people that like numbers, then something like quantity surveying could be perfect. For organised, meticulous people, project management is also a really good option. And if you love the outdoors, then there are a huge range of management and trades and labour jobs to suit all tastes.
- If you’ve already trained or had a career in another field, then you can easily transfer some of these skills into a career in construction, which could give you the variety and excitement that your career is currently lacking, without having to retrain fully or take a huge drop in salary. For example, the Chartered Institute of Building are now running a programme to promote management careers in construction for those leaving the military.
- No industry is recession-proof and the UK construction sector has certainly been hit during the 2008 recession. However, it is a vital sector for the economy and a key driver of growth. It contributes almost £90 billion to the UK economy, comprises over 280,000 businesses and creates 2.93 million jobs (10% of total UK employment). So, although it’s not possible to give a 100% guarantee of job security, construction needs a huge number of people to deliver the growth needed to sustain the economic recovery.
- The industry is constantly evolving, with the focus now being on sustainable developments and use of environmentally friendly materials. If environmental issues are key to you, then a career in construction as a sustainability consultant could be something to look in to. Check out the sustainability courses that the CITB run.
- The construction industry gives you a great degree of freedom. If you want to be your own boss, then the construction industry provides lots of opportunity to set up your own company or to work as a contractor through an agency. There’s also a lot of opportunity to travel overseas if that’s something you want to do.
Hopefully this blog post has highlighted some key reasons why the construction industry should be a career option of choice for young people. Given that so many construction professionals are due to retire (see more information in this article) then we need to make sure we’re getting more people to consider a career in construction.
If you love your career, tell me why – your story may inspire somebody else to consider construction as a career choice.
Director, Temple Recruitment Specialists