12th May 2017 • Emma Bayliss
Let’s take a look into some of the main reasons why choosing a career in construction can lead to an extremely rewarding career.
If you’re looking for a career that’s extremely challenging, in an ever-growing field where your skills are always valued and in-demand, then construction is the sector for you. Whether you’re thinking about entering a career in construction, or you’d just like some reassurance that you’re in the right sector, take a look at our list below.
The construction sector is hugely diverse with plenty of jobs within a wide and varied range of sectors. From quantity surveyors to site managers, there’s a niche to suit everyone’s specific interests and skillsets. With construction skills shortages looming due to many large-scale infrastructure projects in the pipeline, as well as a need for increased housebuilding across the UK – skilled professionals are extremely valued. Current skills shortages are leading the construction industry towards becoming an increasingly candidate driven job market.
So, there’s a whole host of job opportunities frequently available within the construction industry, however there’s also great chances for career progression within many of the specific industry sectors. It’s relatively easy and accessible to move up the ranks within your field; from starting with one area of expertise, you can take on new skills and eventually move up the career ladder. For example, site managers will often progress into senior site managers. Stick at it in construction, and you’re likely to go a long way.
Construction is a sector which offers great opportunities to travel and work on projects all over the world. Nationally, there are a number of exciting opportunities, but there is a real possibility to travel internationally and work on a number of prominent projects. Here at Thatcher Associates, we know first-hand that the international construction sector can be hugely rewarding, placing a number of skilled professionals in roles throughout the Caribbean in particular.
There are a number of exciting national projects in the pipeline, some of which being the first of their kind for an entire generation – projects such as Hinkley Point C, for instance. With involvement on projects like this, you can really feel like you’re part of something big.
With the chance for career progression, comes the chance for great salary progression in line with these rewarding job opportunities – this is as another attractive feature for those working within the industry or considering it. This is especially true during a time when demand is so high for skilled workers; this has a positive knock on effect for professionals, as companies look to recruit and reward the best possible industry talent.
Construction is an incredibly versatile industry when it comes to the routes into the sector – there are many ways of entering the industry from all backgrounds and it’s not unheard of to find professionals in the field from both graduate and trades routes. Some people like to work their way up, and some like to earn their degree and enter the industry that way.
Although construction can sometimes have a reputation of being a male-dominated field, the sector is coming a long way to improve issues surrounding diversity, particularly when it comes to encouraging more women in to construction. Not only are we seeing more women entering the industry than ever, but the average salary of women in construction is up by 60% compared to 2005, and this is only set to improve. There are now a whole host of networks of women who work in construction, such as Women in Property; supporting each other through hoping to further break the remaining industry stigma and promote construction as a rewarding career for all.
Now is a great time to be a part of the construction industry as it takes on new ventures in the form of technology. Currently, technology is responsible for a number of major changes in the way the world of construction works and it’s probably the key player with regard to the industries evolution at present. From Building Information Modelling, to drones and VR; construction is continually adapting in order to improve and meet the needs of modern society.
Now is a great time to get into construction; with the increasing need for skilled professionals to contribute to large-scale infrastructure and house-building projects; the industry is continually evolving and can offer a whole host of benefits in the form of salary and progression.
If you’d like some advice on careers within the construction industry or your next step, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the team here at Thatcher Associates. We also have a range of job opportunities that you can take a look at here.