Construction is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country not only in terms of investment from the real estate sector but also in terms of modernisation. This makes the industry attractive to young workers looking to build a career. As the industry grows, more job opportunities become available at every level. If you are considering entering the industry, here are some tips on how to start a career in construction.
As with most jobs, it takes hard work to succeed in the construction industry. Some would even say that learning a trade takes a lifetime to master. That is why if you want to succeed in your construction career, you need to have the eagerness to learn your craft.
There are multiple trades that you can choose from within the construction industry. When deciding on the right path for you, it is important to choose work that you are good at and, at the same time, you enjoy doing. Think about long-term prospects and map your career path through the trade you choose. Roofing, welding, bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry, equipment operating, and electrical work are all viable routes. Aside from skilled trades, 3D software modelling, drone operation, and project management are all valid routes in the construction industry.
One of the best investments that you can make if you are looking to build a construction career is to acquire industry-related certifications. Becoming a certified expert in the particular trade you want to pursue will provide a huge boost to your marketability and value as a professional. Many construction jobs also require that contractors have appropriate certificates before they can work, especially on residential projects. Most customers also look for certifications along with favourable reviews to ensure that the contractor they hire will get the job done well. Finally, if you decide to become a specialist, you will have the edge over your competitors if you can prove your expertise. If you’re meaning to build a career for more back office functions like construction accounting and acquiring training for industry-standard software is now a must.
It is important to focus on the trade you have chosen but don’t forget to diversify your skillset. Every step up the career ladder requires additional skills so if you want to advance, you should be willing to study various parts of the construction trade that you think will be valuable to your career. In addition to trade skills, it is also important to train soft skills, especially communication skills, since you will meet and interact with different people over the course of your career.
Having a working knowledge of new tech will help you prepare and contribute to the digital transition happening in the construction industry. The bottom line is that having a diverse skill set will broaden your career opportunities.
One of the best ways to get a career in construction is to reach out to other construction professionals. A professional network can have tremendous benefits when you are just starting a career. For instance, talking with other professionals lets you learn more about the construction jobs you are considering. There is also a chance that you can get early notifications if there are new job postings in an area you are interested in. Finally, having a professional network will let you get advice about things you are having difficulty with.
The construction industry is one of the most fulfilling industries to build a career in. And with the level of growth that the industry is experiencing, there is a wealth of opportunities that you can take advantage of if you have the willingness to learn the tricks of the trade.
Patrick Hogan is the CEO of Handle.com, where they build software that helps contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers with late payments. Handle.com also provides funding for construction businesses in the form of invoice factoring, material supply trade credit, and mechanics lien purchasing.