A construction worker, foreman, or other professional in the construction trade needs to know how to make the most out of their career. Like other professionals, construction workers don't simply want to work in the same position for their entire career. Many young workers have aspirations of advancing within their own company or start their own construction business in the future.
As such, it is important for construction professionals to use several techniques in setting up advancement opportunities over the long term. Construction professionals need to first set goals for themselves. The goals can be small or large in stature but the key is to establish a set of benchmarks that demonstrate progress in the construction field. A younger worker may set a goal of reaching the foreman level by a certain age.
A more experienced professional may aspire to a certain financial benchmark or position within the company that can only be gained with a decade's worth of experience. In either case, goals provide motivation and an inventory for professional success. Workers need to speak candidly with their managers and supervisors in order to get the most of their career. Indeed, the evaluation process and one-on-one sessions can be incredibly helpful for a professional looking for motivation. Foremen and site supervisors can speak to goals needed to finish short term projects while company management can help their professionals determine what needs to be done to become a more successful professional. In the end, the initiative is all on the part of the employee, who needs to show a desire for success before achieving it.
Construction professionals can also find their way to success in the industry through strong relationships with co-workers. Machine operators, foremen, and other professionals are only as good as the workers around them. By communicating effectively with colleagues, superiors, and subordinates, the work atmosphere turns from one of competition to one of working toward a shared goal.
In the end, making the most out of a construction career falls squarely on what individual professionals want out of their career. Some professionals may only need to invest a few hours a week in one-on-one meetings with mentors or in reading trade publications to get themselves to where they need to be. Other professionals may need advanced education or certification to achieve higher levels within the field. In any case, construction professionals should realise that they need to create their own formula for success from the many resources available.
Richard Taylor Edwards is the Managing Director of Talisman Executive, a specialist recruitment agency for construction careers and construction jobs in the UK and Europe.