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Five myths busted about the construction sector

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Myth 1: You’re always working out in the cold

Whilst there are lots of practical jobs on sites, the construction industry isn’t always about people in hard hats.

Depending on your experience and qualifications there are hundreds of jobs which don’t involve you getting your hands dirty, including management and technical roles, planners, and designers.

Myth 2: Construction is just ‘jobs for the boys’

It’s true that most people working in construction jobs are men, but that’s changing fast. In the UK, 14% of people in the industry are female – that’s over 320,000 women. They are doing a full range of jobs from working on site to supervisors and project managers to engineers.

Watch Elaina’s story and hear how she got into construction:

Myth 3: I’m a graduate, so a hands-on job is not for me

There is currently a skills shortage in the construction industry, which presents a great opportunity for new graduates. Managing multi-million pound construction projects for a construction business is fulfilling, highly skilled and as suited to someone who’s been to university as someone who hasn’t.

And some employers even sponsor undergraduates whilst they gain a degree, so you could learn, qualify and earn money all at the same time, what’s not to like?

Many construction firms have graduate development programmes which will enable you to fast track your way to the top.

Myth 4: It’s a dirty industry that’s bad for the environment

Lots of jobs in construction are focused on sustainability and green technologies, which help ensure the environment is protected during and after construction.

Modern buildings can have a positive impact on the community and the people who use them.  For example, a new housing estate might include a community playground or gym for all the residents to use.

Energy use and the use of harmful materials, ecology, pollution, waste and water management are just some considerations that go into the design of a new building. For example, use of solar panels to reduce energy usage and bills.

Myth 5:  It’s an old-fashioned and traditional industry

Construction is an exciting industry at the cutting-edge of new technologies.

Modern construction develops and uses latest technology, including 3D computer modelling, survey drones and nanotechnology to develop new materials.

Building methods and materials are constantly developing, although traditional methods of building, such as stone masonry and thatching are essential to maintain older, listed buildings.

Where next

Find out what it is really like from people working in the sector, read some case studies on Go Construct’s website.

You can also check out the top ten jobs in construction that you may not have considered on Go Construct’s website.

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