Construction Project Management

Career options

Construction project management is the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from inception to completion, which meets a client’s requirements, resulting in a functionally and financially viable project. However, this course prepares you for a range of careers working at a high level in the construction industry. Recent graduates have gone on to posts in ranging from construction management to quantity surveying and project management. With experience, you could progress into contract management or consultancy. With further training, you could also move into teaching or support services, such as health and safety inspection.

You can explore a range of options within the construction sections on TARGETjobs and Prospects.

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) also provide some useful career information. They are independent, employer led organisations that aim to reduce skills gaps and shortages to improve productivity and performance and to increase opportunities to boost the skills of each sector's workforce. Construction Skills and The Building Futures Group are most relevant and contain a wealth of useful careers and employability information such as career profiles and case studies, relevant industry events and news and reports on skills gaps.

Your course is accredited by three professional bodies, all of which have useful careers information. These include the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). RICS provides a useful overview of the pathways available. Although an accredited degree will provide you with transferable core skills and business knowledge, in order to become fully chartered in a profession you will also need to show that you meet certain criteria. For example, you will need to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in order to practice as a Chartered Surveyor with the MRICS designation.

Working as a construction management professional is not your only option. Bear in mind that many graduate jobs consider graduates from any discipline and you will have developed key transferable skills that could be applied to a range of settings. For example, there are opportunities in both general and project management in different industries that are often open to graduates from a range of subject disciplines. If you are thinking wider and would like some support please refer to the 'Planning Your Future' and 'See An Adviser' sections of this website.  

Where can I work?

Opportunities are diverse and you could work in a range of settings in the UK and abroad. As a construction management professional you could be involved in design and build activities, facilities management, building services management, redevelopment schemes, building airports railways and tunnels, gas and nuclear facilities along with a whole host of other projects.

Construction managers are normally employed by building companies and specialist subcontractors. Opportunities may also exist with central and local government departments, utility companies and larger companies like major retailers.

Destinations of recent Sheffield Hallam graduates

Examples include:

  • Assistant Contract Manager for Network Rail
  • Assistant Engineer for Vinci Construction
  • Project Manager for Hillside Builders

Skills

In addition to having specialist knowledge relevant to the particular role common skills and qualities typically sought after include:

  • a creative and innovative approach to problem-solving
  • excellent interpersonal skills to work with staff at all levels
  • excellent organisational and planning skills
  • good oral and written communication skills, including presentation and report writing skills
  •  accuracy and attention to detail
  • strong numeracy and financial management skills and the ability to learn sophisticated IT packages
  • the ability to write clear and precise reports and to relate complex information in a simple way to a diverse range of people
  • negotiating and team-working skills and the ability to motivate and lead those on site
  • detailed knowledge of past and current building and construction technology, processes, materials, health and safety, business and legal matters
  • ability to work under pressure and make decisions
  • commercial awareness and ability to ensure you are adding maximum value to businesses

You can develop these skills through study, experience and personal interests and achievements so think broadly when giving evidence in applications.

Finding experience and jobs

You can find jobs and work experience opportunities and a wealth of information and advice about job/ work experience search and applications, interview techniques and employer insights on TARGETjobs. Don't forget to check out the Finding A Job section for general advice about job hunting, applications and networking/social media. Our own jobs and events database UniHub advertises relevant graduate vacancies and summer internships and the D&S placement blackboard site advertises undergraduate sandwich placements. The key links section also has a few more ideas to get you started.

However, many opportunities (particularly work experience and opportunities with smaller firms) are not always advertised so a proactive approach is often effective. Approach employers directly to enquire about opportunities. 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:25