Top Signs You Should Work in Construction

Top Signs You Should Work in Construction

Construction in Australia is a thriving and fast-growing industry. But, like many sectors, it faces the challenge of ongoing skilled labour shortages.


With many exciting career opportunities available to those who enter the sector, applying for a construction job could set your life on an exciting new course.


But what does it take to be successful and how can you tell if you’ve got what it takes to make it?


Let’s look at some key attributes you’ll need if you want to work in construction.


You’re a Team Player

Essentially, a construction site is a community. A group of people working together toward a common goal. In this case, a finished project.


Everyone involved in the project – including those not physically present onsite – plays a critical role in the successful completion. Just as there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’, there’s no room for those who put their own needs above those of their team.


A team-player mentality is an asset. It’s one that employers look for when building a reliable task force. If this sounds like you, you’re on the right track.


You’re Process-Driven

Every aspect of onsite work is governed by a process to ensure a project runs smoothly and is delivered on time and to budget. For example, to avoid accidents and injury, all employees – including site visitors – are expected to follow strict safety protocols.


As a construction team member, you’re expected to do your bit to ensure every process is followed to the letter. If you have a keen eye for detail and enjoy a process-driven environment, a career in construction could be a good fit for you.


You’re Adaptable and Solutions Focused

Construction projects can be complex and require creative solutions to unexpected challenges. Often, these solutions will demand a change in direction that the team will need to adapt to seamlessly. When everyone can do this without hesitation, delays to the project timeline can be avoided.


Construction could be a great career path for you if you have a flexible mindset that allows you to quickly adapt.


You’re Hungry to Learn

Construction management recognises the tremendous value their existing staff offer. Because of this, internal promotion is commonplace within the sector.


Those trained in a company’s processes – and who have a track record of being trusted and reliable team players – are often the first to be considered when new opportunities arise. Whether it’s the chance to upskill or take on more responsibility, there’s much scope for career advancement in construction.


Your career will continue to evolve and reward you if you enter the industry with an appetite for learning.


You’re a Change-Maker

As a typically male-dominated industry, much is being done to increase the number of women in construction. Currently, women make up just 12% of the workforce.


With groups like the Women of the ACA promoting the career pathways available in the sector and mentor programmes like those offered by Master Builders Australia, the industry is being actively encouraged to embrace gender diversity. This helps everyone to recognise the value women bring to construction.


So, if you’re a trail-blazing woman who relishes the challenge of entering an industry that’s still learning to get with the times, a job in construction could be what you’re looking for.


Entering the Industry

There are many avenues available should you decide to take the plunge and embark on a career in construction.


One option is to take an entry-level position to get a feel for the work. This is a common way to start but requires finding an employer willing to take you on without experience.


If becoming qualified is more appealing, you can take an Apprenticeship or gain a Diploma or Certificate in Building and Construction, like those offered at TAFE Queensland.


You must hold a White Card to work in construction in Australia, regardless of which avenue you choose as your entry point. This shows you’ve completed an official safety induction from a registered organisation within Australia. You won’t get a job without one.


Of course, to operate heavy machinery, you’ll be required the obtain the appropriate licence. In most cases, an employer will cover this cost, but nothing is stopping you from acquiring yours on your own. This can be especially valuable if you plan on taking an entry-level job. Without experience, independently obtaining a licence shows you’re well-intentioned, proactive and have initiative.


A Career in Construction

Alongside the satisfaction of building something tangible and contributing to the infrastructure of communities, this industry offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth. And, because it’s constantly evolving with new technologies and materials, it’s an exciting sector to join.


If you’re seriously considering a career in construction, we invite you to partner with us. We’re one of Queensland’s most reputable Trades Recruitment Agencies and we know everything there is to know about construction recruitment.


If you require any career advice or a nudge in the right direction, get in touch with one of our industry professionals today.

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