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Here are the 5 top tips for building a career in construction and property!
1. Research what area of property and construction is right for you
From skilled trades such as carpenters, painters and engineers, to 3D software modellers and project managers, there are a variety of careers within the industry.
You need to have an open mind as there is a vast range of jobs available. Think about what you will enjoy doing first. There is a good chance you can pursue that with a career in construction.
The property market is also very active at the moment, so job prospects are good.
2. Volunteering is a good way to gain experience
A lot of property and construction practices welcome work experience students, so there is scope to build your skills while studying.
Go to as many events as possible, join online forums on LinkedIn and talk to people in the industry to make potential contacts. You stand a better chance of getting a foot in the door if you offer to buy someone a coffee and ask them about their job, rather than diving straight in with a request for experience.
3. Research what companies you want to apply to
Whether you want to work for a small team or would rather be part of a large company, it's important to find out what you want and if you are invited to interview, make sure you do your research into the company and the person you are meeting.
Social media can be another a tool for finding work. It is also worth considering targeting employers you would like to work for in your chosen field and then using social media to engage with them.
4. Being successful in construction relies on having a good reputation
If you work in construction, you need to build up a reliable reputation. Deliver when you say you will deliver and if you know a deadline is not achievable raise the issue there and then. A professional who sticks by their word becomes a successful professional.
5. An ability to work with different professions is vital in this industry
Careers in property and construction often require you to work in multidisciplinary teams. For example, it's essential a development surveyor is an excellent communicator who can work with large teams. It's usually a long process to get planning to enable the construction of the development, so patience and an ability to work with or manage a team is critical.
So for entry-level job hunters, it's important to show proven communication skills alongside your work experience to show you could work well in multi-disciplinary groups.