Over the past year, we’ve featured construction industry positions on our blog a few times each month. We hope that you you’ve been able to keep up with every post and can now see the range of positions available within this industry, from the truck driver that keeps products moving to the CEO that drives businesses forward.
Many of the positions we have written about have been around for decades, like the skilled painter. But others, like the Information Systems Specialist, use technology that we once never thought possible.
So, even if you haven’t been following along and reading every single featured position, that doesn’t mean you’re behind. Today, we’re looking forward to one featured position: yours.
As we shared in an earlier post, the construction industry is rooted in strong, sturdy materials like steel and concrete, professional, personable relationships with both clients and coworkers, and skilled expertise in a range of trades. But it’s our advanced equipment, improved communication capabilities, and increased speed of work that has propelled us forward. Those innovations only came from people thinking bigger.
If you think that becoming a skilled tradesperson is a dead-end for your career, think again. You can climb further and higher doing what you love in the construction industry – even if that exact dream position doesn’t yet exist.
Really, at one point, none of today’s current construction industry positions existed. It’s through constant innovation and endless dedication that we have advanced as an industry while, at the same time, made it easier to make a difference in our communities.
The average college-created career is given a relatively predetermined path. Most that come from a traditional university background are given a linear path to follow with clearly outlined steps. Go to a four-year school, take a few unpaid internships, and land an entry-level job before working up the corporate ladder year after year. A career in construction, on the other hand, gives you the power to create your career – not only on the job but over the span of your entire career.
This career can begin at different points for different people. No matter if you start as an apprentice right out of high school and work your way up to foreman, or enter the industry after years in a corporate setting, the construction industry path is uniquely yours.
Ask yourself, “Where do I want to take my career?”
Whether you dream of upper management or owning your own business, engineering or educating through in-house training, you can create your own path.
Younger generations, more than ever, are set up to transform the reality of the industry and their individual careers. For one, as Boomers move into retirement, more and more young people are needed to enter the workforce to fill their roles. Not only does age impact this opportunity, the influx of technology is moving the industry forward unlike ever before. With it, the positions to make progress possible. The younger generations will be responsible for making the industry their own.
Previous generations have brought developments that make the jobs easier. Believe it or not, we once completed projects without the support of constant communication with the internet and cell phones.
Now, ask yourself, “What sort of innovations are possible in the next 10-20 years?”
It’s up to you to create it. You have the power to create the reality that you want to see, in everything from your own professional career to the industry as a whole.