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Any building we live in or use is constructed by the construction industry. Construction builds all the physical structures that shape our society. If you work in construction, you get to decide how people relate to the space around them: is it a place to relax or work? Is it meant to comfort or impress? Is it large and spacious, or small and cosy?
The construction industry doesn’t just build buildings though, they also make bridges, walls, sewers, tunnels and anything else that requires planning and construction. You’ll be working closely with the property sector and engineers to plan and carry out building projects for a diverse range of clients. One project may require the building of a hospital, another a house, and yet another an office building. Consequently, the construction industry offers exciting challenges that will develop your skills.
Most construction work involves small or medium sized teams, so you’ll get to know your team members well. You and your team will often carry out a project from start to finish, so there’s a tangible sense of progress and achievement as you work.
Construction offers a diverse range of roles. Some roles will draw upon organisational skills. For example, a construction manager will make timetables, calculate costs and hire contractors. Other jobs may demand more physical labour. A shopfitter will craft the interior of shops, offices and other commercial or public buildings, meaning there will be more practical work involved.
If you think about your own skills and interests, you’re sure to find a job within construction that will suit you.