What is your favourite thing about your job?
Construction is an ever-changing industry. New technologies are cropping up frequently, making building and designing easier. Regulations, and best practice to safeguard and improve the lives of the workforce and user of our buildings, also change on a regular basis. For these reasons, no two days are ever the same. I come to work not knowing what the day will hold. I’ve got to be able to adapt quickly and work with change, whatever that might be. I think it makes it more interesting and exciting, especially as I’m not stuck behind a desk from nine til five every day. I get to go out and see what’s going on at the site, and see the changes that are being made. You also have the reassurance that projects don’t last forever, good or bad, they will come and go so it’s important to enjoy and cherish the good ones and learn from the more challenging ones.
What would be your advice to those thinking about getting into construction?
Construction is one of the most exciting industries to work in, and there are opportunities and routes into it everywhere. Once you know what kind of role you’re interested, get some advice from those who actually do the job. If you’re hard-working and willing to learn, then construction is definitely the right industry for you. Also, work experience will be invaluable, so make sure you get some time on a site to really experience it. Paid or not, it’ll look great on your CV and it can be a talking point in an interview.
And for those already in the industry, thinking about becoming a Construction Ambassador, what advice would you give to them?
The construction sector will shape the way we live in the future because the buildings we construct now will be a part of the skyline and environment we inhabit for years to come. We implement technology like almost no other industry. Essentially, we are the beta testers of the places we spend about half our lives.
People in the industry always give the best advice. They know best, and I will always remember someone saying to me ‘make the job work for you, you don’t work the job.’ So find what you enjoy doing and make a career out of it.
People in the industry always give the best advice. They know best.