Are you considering starting a career in construction? Maybe you’ve recently left school and are wondering what to do with your life, or perhaps you’ve been working for some time but are unhappy in your current role and are thinking of a change. If being stuck in an office all day isn’t for you, construction is a great career to consider as regardless of which role you choose, you’ll be in different environments and putting your practical skills to the test. Here are some reasons why a career in construction could be for you.
Lots of job choices available
Construction is so much more than bricklayers. Within the construction field you have electricians, plasterers, plumbers, gas engineers, carpenters and many more. Depending on your skills and interests, there are plenty of choices available in this general area that you could look into. If you don’t like the idea of working outside in all weathers, trades like plasterers and interior painters, for example, will always be based indoors.
Go into it from a vocational or academic standpoint
Construction work is generally considered a vocational career, but if you enjoy academics you’ll have numerous careers to aim for, including becoming an electrician, engineer, or a site planner. On the flip side, if you want a job you can pretty much walk into, learn as you go and work your way up, then construction jobs can be equally good. For example you could start off as a labourer and shadow someone working in the trade you want to master, so that you can gain practical skills on the job. If you’re at the start of your career, there are often apprenticeships available where you can earn while you learn; studying and gaining experience at the same time.
Potential to run your own business
Once you’ve gained experience you’ll have the option to set up your own business, to sell your expertise to customers. You could become a self-employed tradesperson, or create your own limited company where you work on building sites and employ or contract people from other trades. There’s often a lot of money and effort involved in setting up a construction company, as you need everything from vehicles to power tools to cleaning materials just to get started. However, the profit margins are often excellent, and because construction jobs tend to be on a large scale, you can earn what you need on a few jobs without needing to worry about sourcing hundreds of customers each year.
Are you currently working in the construction industry, or is it something you’re considering? What in your opinion are the pros and cons?
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