I started after university as a graduate engineer, but have quickly progressed to a site manager role.
I assist the project manager in producing programmes for site activities and organising subcontract works. I also manage the day-to-day activities on-site including site inductions, safety inspections and subcontract coordination. In coordination with the site quantity surveyor, I manage costs efficiently and seek opportunities to save cost through design variations.
I enjoy working outdoors, not being confined to an office. I naturally enjoy problem solving and this is something I have to do on a daily basis in construction.
|Employer||Kier Construction Eastern|
Kier Construction Eastern. I work for the regional construction business which builds schools, offices, hospitals and other commercial buildings with a value between £2million and £50milllion. The Kier Group (parent company) operates in a number of sectors including construction, infrastructure, property and services. They are multinational, with a head office in the UK and a turnover of around £4bn.
Construction is a diverse industry and has careers to cater for all backgrounds. There are very few barriers to entry, yet vast opportunities to develop and further your career.
After completing my GCSEs, I studied history, design technology, maths, and business studies at A-level. I then applied to universities and accepted a place at my first choice, Loughborough University. It was a four-year course, with two six-month industrial placements. The course was sponsored by a consortium of construction companies and each student on the course had to be sponsored by one of the companies to gain entry. I went for an interview with Kier and was fortunate to be offered sponsorship with them. They would provide industrial placements for me, provide sponsor money and also guarantee a job in construction after graduating as long as I received a 2:1 degree or better.
I enjoy working outdoors, not being confined to an office. I naturally enjoy problem solving and this is something you have to do on a daily basis in construction careers.
Each day is very much different to the next, depending on the construction stage. However, I’m most happy when inspecting a finished detail on site that has gone to plan – it could have been a detail I first noticed as a problem months ago but managed to create a design solution.
I want to be a highly respected project manager and be involved in some high-profile builds working on innovative schemes.
If you have a practical brain, and have been wondering how to get into construction, it's a great time to do it. Construction is ever evolving and I haven’t had a boring day to date in the industry!
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