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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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Construction Projects

Construction Projects

Building & Construction is focused on the development and construction of anything from roads, railways and stadiums to homes and apartments. Working in Building & Construction involves a lot of practical tasks, coordination and planning, manual labour and cooperative team work. Working in this sector may equate to early mornings and working outdoors, but for many the ever changing aspect of construction excites and the challenges this creates offers a rewarding career opportunity. 

Construction projects range from relatively simple undertakings such as building extensions to family homes up to immensely complex projects such as tunnel digging operations for underground metro lines which necessitate attention to detail, quality assurance and compliance with legislation. Consequently, there is an immense variety of career paths in the sector, incorporating both office and site work opportunities. 

You may be attracted to jobs involving the planning and organising of the entire project. Architects design the building, planners map out the stages that will take the project from plan to completion and construction engineers plot the implementation of the project, taking decisions on what materials will be used, how the site will be developed and what equipment will be utilised.

The complex nature of construction projects demands a high degree of scheduling and coordination of persons, materials and equipment across various tasks meaning that in more senior construction roles organisation and managerial skills become increasingly important. On the other hand, architects and engineers are based in offices, researching, planning and mapping the shape of projects and guiding them to completion.

Career Paths

To achieve the high level of quality required in the construction industry it is important to produce highly skilled personnel who are trained to adapt to new technologies. The industry is becoming increasingly management and skills oriented, so many people working in construction will have acquired technical certifications or have third level qualifications, some Certifications such as Safe Pass (a one day safety awareness programmeare) are required to work in any capacity on a building site.

General operatives or labourers on construction sites typically spend the majority of their day on a given site, working with tools, plant and equipment to support craftspersons, engineers in bringing a design to fruition. This is the kind of work that first pops to mind when most people think of construction, so if you’re looking for an entry route to construction this area may be your starting point.

These on-site jobs are becoming more specialised, with labourers taking on specific roles in which they have developed their skills through experience and training. Examples include steel workers, pipe layers, scaffolders, heavy goods vehicle drivers, machine operatives, asphalt layers and demolition workers.

Training for construction craft workers is sometimes offered ‘on the job’ but an approved, certified course is becoming the norm. This means taking an open attitude to upskilling and education is key to advancing your career. This upskilling could take the form of developing your technical skills or expanding your skillset to include business or leadership knowledge, enabling you to take on increased responsibilities as your knowledge and experience grows.

Occupations in Construction Projects
(sorted by Job Zone)

Security Attendant / Porter

Porters/security attendants work in offices and some private apartment blocks. They have a range of duties related to the maintenance and security of the building.

Domestic Services Manager

Domestic services managers oversee the cleaning and maintenance of large residences. They work in places like universities, hospitals, nursing homes or hotels.

Domestic Services Manager

Domestic services managers oversee the cleaning and maintenance of large residences. They work in places like universities, hospitals, nursing homes or hotels.

Property Manager
Plans, directs, or coordinates the selling, buying, leasing, or management activities of commercial, industrial, or residential properties.
Property Surveyor

Advises clients as to the value and potential earning power of their property.

Estate Agent

Organises the sale or rental of residential and commercial property.

Environmental Officer

Monitors the environmental impact of the products and processes of an organisation. May also be directly involved in running an environmental management system.

Assesses the value of property and arranges for sale by auction.
Housing Officer / Manager

Plans and allocates public housing, assessing fair rents and supervising tennant facility provision.