Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked Colin Butterly from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:
For anyone who even vaguely considers a trade or a management job they shouldn’t hesitate to pursue it as it can surprise you how capable you can become despite any reservations you may have.
It could even introduce you to different roles in the industry that you hadn’t realised were available to you or felt where out of your reach.
What are your interests?
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
Another perspective worth considering when making subject choices is the relationship to career areas and college course choice. As a guideline, here are some pointers that you may find useful for a range of career popular career areas:
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
In school I would have done Woodwork (materials technology) along with Technical Drawing and Construction Studies.
I found these subjects were great backgrounds to have studied when doing an apprenticeship as they developed technical skill and knowledge in all aspects of construction.