Keen on getting into the construction industry? Not a bad choice, as it is currently an industry that is developing fast as infrastructure requirements expand. Recently, it has also undergone a digital construction transformation thereby increasing both its potential and scope. Read on to find out how you can you start work in the industry even without construction work experience.
How to get your first construction job
Like any industry, there is always a way to start work even if you do not at first have the necessary experience. There are entry level options available for anyone truly willing to start at the very beginning and work their way up in the industry. Immaterial of your age and background, there are a few easy steps you can take towards gaining a position with a construction firm.
- Registering as an apprentice is a good way to gain first-hand on the job training. Try and couple this with in-class learning, to slowly build some credibility to your resume
- If possible, enrol for post-secondary training at a university, technical institute or a community college to study construction modules
- Or as mentioned before, look for entry-level construction work experience placements and once on board use the time to develop your skills and follow experienced workers to understand their methods and techniques.
- Register with a free online recruitment portal that will keep you informed and put you in touch with potential employers
Types of Construction Jobs
At first you may not find it possible to find a permanent position as most no-experience construction work in the construction industry tends to be temporary or part-time. However, permanent opportunities may arrive as you gain experience and show potential to your managers.
While you undergo your on the job training, you can see where your interests lie in the industry as there are many areas you can specialise in. Some jobs that you can move into at the start of your career are listed below:
site maintenance assistant
Construction jobs with no experience
Before you can actually make construction as a viable career you need to start with positions that cater to people with no experience. Your options will probably be as a worker or labourer or helper, but by starting at this level you will be able to expand your experience and gain from the insight and knowledge of the more experienced construction workers.
Are there construction jobs for women?
Today we are lucky as traditional gender-based views on careers are no longer as restrictive as they used to be. While there is still a strong bias towards ‘gender appropriate’ job roles, more and more women are finding a place in the construction industry. It is a skilled job that requires hard work, but if it is a challenging and rewarding career that you are looking for, then there are no restrictions to women joining a construction company.
What are the pros and cons of working in construction?
Any industry has its pros and cons and the construction industry is no exception and it will depend on individual experiences. If we were to consider general pros first, construction work is considered a skilled labour and today there a shortage of skilled workers entering the trade. As a result, construction companies are always on the look out for young people who are willing to learn and capable of hard work and fill in the dearth of skilled workers.
Working in the construction industry leaves you with a sense of accomplishment as you are helping to build something tangible, something that contributes to the developing infrastructure. Building schools, hospitals, housing and government buildings helps a city develop and thrive and you can be part of that process.
While income potential depends on where you live, construction work is generally a good industry in which to earn a good living.
On the most obvious of levels, construction work keeps you active and fit as it is a very physical industry. Once you have trained and become an expert in the industry you will become a much sought after resource with high earning potential.
However, if on the flip side we were to consider the cons, then it goes without saying that it is very physically demanding work. You will be putting your body through a lot of wear and tear with long periods of physical activity. You will have to ensure that you eat well and appropriately, that you stretch and hydrate regularly and get any consistent aches and pains attended to.
It can be hazardous work and it is important that you use the appropriate safety tools and gear to ensure your safety. Staying focussed and alert is imperative to minimise and prevent work accidents.
It is not an easy trade and will take time for you to adjust to the demands it will have on your body and mind. You need to undergo constant training to become an expert in the industry. It will take hard work and dedication to make your mark. In the long run though, the pros far outweigh the cons and with the use of modern machinery and technology it is an industry that is undergoing an exciting and dynamic change. It is an interesting time to be part of the construction industry and if you become an expert in your chosen area then you are on the path to continuous success.