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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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Construction Management & Planning

Construction Management & Planning

Construction projects are complex processes, with many relationships to be managed and very precise sequences of events to be followed. A variety of roles are involved in coordinating the vast array of moving parts, resources and people involved. These include construction planners, site foremen and construction managers, their work is is essential in ensuring each step of the construction projection proceeds smoothly and to cost and schedule.

Construction planners will work with architects, engineers and construction contractors to map out the requirements of a construction project and plan their implementation. Involved in this process too will be construction managers, acting as a source of information for the planner and overseeing operations on the construction project by meeting with subcontractors and on-site management.

Some leadership roles such as Construction Site Managers and Site Foremen will involve significantly more day to day presence on-site. They will work with crews at the constructions site to prevent delays, ensure budgets and timelines are met, ensure quality is maintained and health and safety procedures followed. Together they ensure that projects have all the resources needed, that required work is organised and daily responsibilities are assigned and carried out efficiently. As professionals with many years of experience gained from working on site they are a valuable source of guidance and knowledge.

The more complex the site the more vital the work of planners, managers and foreman is to keep the required resources and manpower coordinated.

Career Paths

There is no set route into construction planning and management, but many will have experience of working on site and will progress into leadership roles thanks to their experience and conscious efforts to upskill themselves through further training and education.

Foremen are almost always construction workers with many years of experience gained from working on site. The best way for a construction worker to put themselves in a position to become a foreman is to focus on learning as much as possible from their experience on site and to take courses relevant to construction to develop a broad and deep level of technical knowledge.

For those looking to progress to more senior management roles training in project management offers a grounding in the essential skills and knowledge required for working on a complex project. Keeping up to date on new developments in construction technology and processes is also advised. 

On the planning side, many occupations offer the experience and skills necessary to succeed as a construction planner or manager. Occupations offering such transferable skills include civil engineering, construction management, quantity surveying, mechanical engineering and project management. Nonetheless practical experience of construction sites would certainly be an asset in building a career in the occupation.

Occupations in Construction Management & Planning
(sorted by Job Zone)

Crane Operator

Operates a crane to lift heavy loads on a building site or in a factory.

Demolition Operative

Provides expertise in the demolition of defunct buildings or sections of buildings, using methods such as dynamite and wrecking balls.

General Operative - Construction

Works on building sites and operates plant equipment such as dump trucks and excavators.

Window Fitter

Install window frames and windows into new and existing buildings. They may also fit conservatories and doors with glass panels.

Building Labourer / Construction Worker

Building labourers do tasks such as moving materials, operating equipment and digging.

Concrete Finisher

Makes structures and materials made from concrete.

Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers

Operates equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials

Bricklayer

Works on a construction site building walls and other structures using bricks, blocks or other materials.

Building / Construction Project Manager

Supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site.

Carpenter / Joiner

The craft of carpentry and joinery is varied. It includes setting out, production and assembly of joinery such as stairs, doors, windows, floors and built-in furniture.

Carpet/Vinyl Fitter
Cuts, shapes, lays and fits floor coverings in any type of building.
Gas Fitter

Gas installers fit gas appliances and piping in customers' homes and business premises.

Glazier / Stone Cutter

Cuts and fits glass. They measure the area that needs glazing, cut or trim the glass, and then fix the glass into place.

Heating and Ventilating Fitter

Heating and ventilating fitters install, maintain and repair central heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Industrial Insulator

Measures, cuts and fits a variety of insulation materials to pipe work, valves, pressure vessels, tanks, ducting, flues or on any hot or cold surfaces for the purpose of thermal insulation.

Insulation Workers

Installs heat insulation in buildings to improve their energy efficiency.

Plumber
Installs, repairs and services water, waste and service pipes in all kinds of buildings.
Plasterer

Applies plaster to walls and ceilings in all kinds of buildings.

Scaffolder

Builds scaffolding structure on building sites and at outdoor events using metal pipes and poles.

Stonemason
Works with stone to construct stone walls, floors, pavements, or other stone structures.
Tiler / Tile Fitter

Setting out tiles, marking grid lines and levelling datum lines and tile batons. It also involves fixing ceramic tiles to walls, floors and steps.

Welder

Welders join pieces of metal together by using intense heat.

Site Forman

Foremen are experienced construction workers who are responsible for supervising work on a site, guiding other construction operatives, ensuring standards are met and coordinating the carrying out of tasks.

Site Foremen possess a variety of technical skills, specialist knowledge and are adept at managing day to day operations.

Construction Site Manager/Site Agent

Construction Site Managers, also known as Site Agents, oversee the day to day operations of construction sites, ensuring the smooth progression of the various work being carried out. This role takes in preventing delays, planning, ensuring budgets and timelines are met, observing health and safety standards and checking the quality of completed work.

Site Technician
Assists in the running of a construction site by monitoring contractors, advising on the use of technology, and reporting to the Site Agent.