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Social

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Sectors
Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

What unifies the people involved in all areas of the Building, Construction & Property sector is the pride they take in the completion of a project. Whether it's a developer admiring a building he’s looked after from when it was just an idea, a bricklayer seeing the outcome of weeks of work or the satisfaction a real estate agent feels when handing the keys of a newly built home over to its new owners.

Skills

    adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, data analysis & statistics, decision making, people management, persuasion, independence, physical activity, complying with regulations, maintaining machinery,

Key Facts

166k
employed in construction activities in Q4 2017
110k
additional construction workers required to rebuild Ireland over the next 3 years
582
architects practices in Ireland
50,000
new construction jobs needed by 2020 to meet housing demand

Labour Market Information

In the final stretch of 2017 there were 133,000 people employed in the construction sector, 6% of the total number of people employed. The sector grew by 10% between Q4 2016 and Q4 2017, making it the second fastest growing sector, this translates to an additional 12,000 persons employed.

Most of the employment (65%) in the sector was in specialised construction activities such as bricklaying, scaffolding or construction equipment renting, with the remaining 35% working in the construction of buildings or civil engineering.

In addition, 32,922 were employed in other engineering activities, including architectural activities and technical testing, much of which would be related to construction and building services.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Construction

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Apprentices.ie
Apprentices.ie

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Women in Construction
Women in Construction

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Career Interview Videos...

Louise Martin - Wallis Construction
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Louise Martin - Wallis Construction

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Sara Phillips - Tremco Illbruck

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Eileen Faherty - Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Kieran McGrath - Civil and Structural Engineer
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Kieran McGrath - Civil and Structural Engineer

College Course Videos...

Civil & Environmental Engineering - Institute of Technology Tralee
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Civil & Environmental Engineering - Institute of Technology Tralee

Architectural Design SG347 - Institute of Technology Sligo
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Architectural Design SG347 - Institute of Technology Sligo

Interior Architecture CR053  - Cork Institute of Technology
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Interior Architecture CR053 - Cork Institute of Technology