If you’ve spent a few years in the construction industry, or perhaps you have a qualification and you’re looking to apply for new work, then congratulations and good luck!
However, if you’re new in the business, unsure of the technicalities, and still asking questions like “what is RFI?”, then you might need to learn a few things before you start applying for construction management positions. Here is everything you need to know about the job.
The Technical Skills and Knowledge
The bottom line is that you need to know what you need to know. Applying for a construction management position when you don’t know the first thing about construction (or management, for that matter) is a lost cause.
Only consider jobs like these if you have the relevant qualifications and perhaps some experience. Aside from technical knowledge, also make sure you know what the required skills are of a construction manager.
Roles and Responsibilities
Get familiar with what the commonly assigned duties are for this position. You might have an idea in your head of what a construction manager does, and it might be completely misguided.
Do some research online about what the roles might entail – this is a good step to take before even applying to study a qualification in this direction!
Expected Work Hours
It’s always a good idea to understand what a day in the life might look like for any job you’re considering applying for. Talk to others in the construction industry to get a feel for what their day-to-day looks like.
Do they work a full 40-hour work week, or perhaps even more? Are they expected to work on weekends or overtime? Are the work hours regular or will you be working at strange hours of the night? Read up online before committing to any ideas.
The Stress of the Job
It’s also good to be aware of how stressful a position can be. Working in a high-stress job is something that certain types of people can handle, and others simply can’t.
If you don’t cope well with high pressure and deadlines, then this position might not be for you. Again, talk to others in the industry and do your own research online to figure out how much stress is associated with a construction management position and decide whether or not you’re willing to take it on.
Finally, consider other challenges that construction managers face, and that you might personally struggle with in this position.
You’ll need to consider the fact that you’ll have to work with people, delegate tasks and keep up with everything that’s going on with team members, which can be stressful and challenging for some. You’ll also need to be vigilant and aware to avoid construction site injuries while you’re on the job. The safety risk can be off-putting for many potential construction workers and managers, so make sure you’re aware of the risks before deciding you’re committed to this career path.