Educator’s Guide to Supporting Students Pursuing a Career in Construction

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Helping Students Achieve a Career in Construction

As time progresses, so do the career goals of generations. The internet has put students of today are in a position where they have a multitude of career paths they could choose. this can make it difficult for young people to know exactly what they want to do with their future. If you are an educator in a position to help lead students down the path of a rewarding career, then consider highlighting a career in construction. 

As an educator, you want your students to be successful.

Part of that success relies on guiding students not only to a career they will love but to one where they are able to find work.

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released a survey that showed about 80% of construction companies can’t find the workers they need. That means workers are in high demand, and that these careers pay well.

How can you help guide students toward a career in construction? How do you know if a job in construction will be a good fit? Here are a few questions to ask:

Are they passionate about contributing to society?

Most people that work in construction like the idea of saying, “I helped build that”. Students with a heightened interest in their community can be a great fit for the construction industry.

Are they detail-oriented?

One of the downsides of the construction industry is that it can be dangerous if you aren’t careful. On job sites, it is absolutely critical that each worker pays attention and abides by safety guidelines.

Do they feel up for the physical demands?

Construction does require physical activity. Standing, lifting, operating machinery, and working in all types of weather conditions are just part of the job.

What is their communication style?

Construction is a team environment. They must like working with others and be able to communicate effectively.

Are they flexible enough for a career in construction?

A career in construction often demands a go-with-the-flow personality. It’s not your typical 9-5, and odd hours and weekends are often required. Locations will shift as jobs are completed and new ones begin. The job can also be seasonal.

Do they understand the types of careers available?

Most people think of Construction Laborers when they think of jobs in construction. But, many other types of roles exist – from company owners to Project Managers and Estimators. All of these jobs are in demand, and many pay exceptionally well.

Are they problem solvers?

Each day is different, and every project is different. Having the ability to strategize and help solve problems as they arise is an essential trait for someone working in the construction industry.

Do they have a mentor?

Talking with someone in the construction industry can provide valuable insight. Our website provides a wealth of resources for connecting students with construction companies and mentors.

What are their goals?

Do they want to start a career now, and move up the ranks? is there a potential salary they are targeting? Do they want to manage people? Talking through their immediate goals, as well as where they want to be in 5 or 10 years can help identify the best career path.

Is college a part of their plans?

While college isn’t required for all construction jobs, it gives students an advantage. Be sure they have access to the construction degrees offered by nine schools in our state.

Help your Students Succeed with Alternate Career Paths

Not every student is geared towards the same future. Exposing students to a promising career in construction is a great way to help diversify their interests and show them alternative paths to college.

Are there questions or additional resources we can provide? Contact us to let us know!