In addition to having specialist knowledge relevant to the particular role common skills and qualities typically sought after include:
- a practical and logical mind and a methodical way of thinking
- a creative and innovative approach to problem-solving
- 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 design and costing 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, business and legal matters
- commercial awareness and ability to ensure you are adding maximum value to clients' businesses
- ability to work under pressure and accept responsibility
You can develop these skills through study, experience and personal interests and achievements so think broadly when giving evidence in applications.
The full Higher Education Academy (HEA) Employability Profile - Building/Surveying outlines the knowledge, skills and competencies you can develop as a student and those required by employers in depth. Section 4 contains some useful reflective questions that can help you with personal development planning. There are a lot of questions here but dipping into them regularly can really help you raise your self-awareness, and is fantastic preparation for future job or placement interviews.
Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) 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.