Because the industry is so varied and diverse, there is a vast array of career opportunities across the construction sector from operative level to apprentice to professional roles.
Entry into the construction sector is possible at all levels. General operatives join the industry with no experience but through working on different projects they gain skills informally. Traineeships, apprenticeships and degree programmes all offer entry pathways.
The construction industry is thriving once again and levels of recruitment are increasing as activity grows the overall Irish economy improves.
Construction graduates and apprentices are in big demand so it is the perfect time to be considering a career in the industry in Ireland.
CIF is recognised as the representative body and voice of the construction industry and represents the views and interests of contractors in the sector. CIF provide an online platform for young people considering the opportunities available in the construction sector through the apprenticeships route.
Oisín Murphy and Daniel Cowley are both Carpenters with John Sisk & Son Ltd. Oisín is approaching the end of his final year as an apprentice with the company. Both Oisín and Daniel highlight the importance of Maths, Art and Construction Studies as good subject backgrounds for this job.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
Describe a typical day?
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What's not so cool?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
What is your education to date?
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
What is your dream job?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
What is your pet hate at work?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?