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Construction and Property Careers, Jobs and Qualifications

Construction and property careers, jobs and qualifications.

Careers in construction and property vary from designing, planning and constructing the buildings we see all around us to managing property or a construction site and if you want to leave your mark on the world around you, a career in construction and property is certainly worth considering.

The construction and property industry may surprise you with the breadth and range of professional jobs that it has to offer and there are quite a few that you may never have heard of, like acoustics consultant, quantity surveyor, demolition operative, property investment manager, town planner, minerals surveyor or quarry engineer.

Routes into a career in construction and property

There are several possible routes into this sector. They include full time vocational study routes, academic routes including full time university study and apprenticeship options at a variety of levels.

Routes after GCSEs

If you choose not to study A-levels or a vocational course full time after completing your GCSEs, you could undertake an apprenticeship in whichever career pathway that you are interested in such as surveying, civil engineering, construction management or housing/property management.

Example of the apprenticeship pathway to becoming a chartered surveyor:

You could look for a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a surveying technician where you could gain a Level 3 Diploma in Surveying. From here you could progress to a Level 6 Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship where you could gain a Degree in Surveying and full chartered membership.

The full time university route

If university is for you and you want to become a chartered professional you could study for an accredited Honour’s Degree. You will need to have at least five GCSEs at grade A-C, and two or three A-levels or equivalent to do this although precise entry requirements will vary between universities so you should always check on the university website for details. After completing your accredited Degree you will be able to start work as a graduate and often your employer will support you to gain chartered status to prove that you are professional in your career.

If you choose to study for an Undergraduate Degree in a non-accredited subject outside of construction and property then you can always take an accredited Master’s Degree after this and use all of the transferable skills that you will have gained through your first Degree. You could even take a part time Master’s course and study whilst working and gaining the industry experience which you will need to achieve chartered status.

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