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5 things you didn’t know about the construction industry

Updated: 02/08/2016

There are a lot of preconceived ideas about the construction industry. Stereotypes that may have been commonplace in the dark ages, but are no longer relevant. Construction isn’t just about being a builder, there are so many more opportunities that that.

5 things you didn’t know about the construction industry

It is not just about builders, bricks and cement.

1) It’s not all bricks and mortar
The construction industry is not just about builders, bricks and cement. It’s far more than that. Within the construction industry there are so many different job types with so many different specialisms, all of whom pull together to get things done. You have Architects and Site Designers. Then there are the Civil Engineers, Site Managers, Planners, Project Managers and Health and Safety Advisors who make sure people stay safe and keep the environment protected.

2) There are opportunities to travel
UK Construction companies have global reputations as being the best in the world because we’re so good at it. Think Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Laing O’Rourke. All these construction companies have large contracts all around the world, including recent developments on Abu Dhabi airport, giving you the opportunity to travel the globe.

3) You’ll see the impact
One of the best things about working in Construction is that everything you do has a direct impact on other people’s lives. Whether that’s building more houses for people to live in, designing and improving travel infrastructures such as the proposed HS2 network, or regenerating a city centre such as Sheffield, the work that you do can improve the quality of lives for others. And let’s not forget, it’s going to stand there for a long time for all to see!

4) Make the world more environmentally friendly
Climate change. Global warming. However you want to dress it up, it’s a problem. It’s a problem, though, that you can help to reduce by working in the construction industry. By designing and building sustainable structures that are in keeping with green policies, or even creating the wind farms, solar stations and water treatment farms that are helping to reduce global emissions, you can play your part.

5) Wow factor
Some things are pretty hard to avoid. The Gherkin, The Eiffel Tower, The Empire State Building, even the Olympic Stadium built four years back. Structures that are imposing, impressive, inspiring. You can’t help but see these landmarks for the first, second, hundredth time and feel a little short of breath. You could help design and create the next landmark and instil these feelings within others. More than something to be proud of, something to shout about daily.
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