How To Start A New Career In The Construction Industry

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If you’re the type of person who absolutely hates the idea of spending your entire working life sat in some boring office typing with people whom you have nothing in common, it might be time you started trying to find something a little more exciting. Depending on your own personal interests, a new career in the construction industry could be just what you’ve been looking for. You’ll be able to work outdoors most of the time, with people from all over the country (perhaps even the world) who know how to engage in a good bit of banter. Personally, I consider my own time spent as a labourer on building sites to be the most exciting of my life, and perhaps you’ll think the same when you’ve given it a go.

 

With all this in mind, I’m going to take a few moments today to fill you in on everything you need to know to get involved. Luckily, you won’t have to spend time at university or in some college if you don’t want to, as the vast majority of people working in this industry learnt everything they know whilst working on the job. So, if you’d like to know a little bit more about the opportunities available to you, read on…

 

Get Some Work Experience

 

Firstly, it’s wise to get in touch with all your local building firms and see if any would be willing to take you on for a week to gain a feel for the job. As with anything else in this world, the reality of working on a construction site is far removed from the image people have in their heads, and so it’s a good idea to find out exactly what the day to day grind is really like before making any commitments.

 

Decide Exactly What You Want To Do

 

You don’t have to be a labourer or builder to get involved in construction, far from it. There are lots of different jobs you could aim for; some more demanding than others. So, which you select should depend on your physical condition and your previous experience. You could become a crane driver, a heavy machinery specialist, or you could even concentrate your efforts on mastering the use of access platforms, like those available from ASR – access service and repair.

 

Gain Qualifications (optional)

 

As I mentioned a moment ago, you can go to college and get some relevant qualifications if you believe this will increase your chances of scoring a good job. However, I know lots of people who work in this industry, and almost none of them chose this route. I suppose it’s essential if you want to become a site foreman or something similar, but the vast majority of people have no trouble learning the ropes whilst working in less skilled positions.

 

Find A Labouring Job

 

Presuming you agree that going to college to get qualifications is a little pointless, the best way of getting your foot in the door is to become a labourer for another established builder. Sure, you’ll have to spend a lot of time carrying bricks, but you’ll get taught lots of handy skills that should see you rise up the industry ladder rather quickly.

 

Well, that’s all I’ve got time for at this very moment, but you should now have a much more clear idea of what it takes to start a new career in the construction industry. Remember, wages are usually very encouraging, and even the most unskilled of workers generally earn more than £100 per day, so if this sounds appealing; go for it.

 

Good luck!

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