If you have a general interest or experience in building and design and you want to take your career to the next level, there are several paths you can choose to achieve that goal. So, lets have a “Goldilocks” approach to some of them. You can try architecture, but it may seem like too much drawing. Civil engineering seems way to sciencey. Cost estimating is too much mat and carpentry is too much physical labor. Seems that construction management is just right!
The best and easiest way to get into construction management it by getting a Diploma Of Building And Construction Jobs first. This diploma will allow you to learn everything you need to know about a construction project from start to finish. From the initial planning stage with the architects and engineers, to estimating costs in the budgeting stage, all the way to the production stage with laborers. And that’s just a portion of the job duties. As a construction manager, you will also obtain permits, hire contractors, schedule walkthroughs, troubleshoot emergencies, inform the clients about work progress and timetables, and so on.
Sounds like so much fun right? Well, it is fun, but managing a construction project all the way through is also a great responsibility and this is why it’s a well paid job. The average payment per year for a construction manager in Australia is a six digit number. And the working conditions are really good. You would usually have to work around 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday, possibly on weekends in case you have to meet a deadline. You will spend most of your time traveling between sites and having meetings with clients and contractors.
Although a lot of construction managers start out as manual laborers such as carpenters or glaziers and eventually rise through the ranks without having a diploma, this is actually the hard way to get to this position. Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly important for anyone trying to enter this line of work, to have both contextual experience and some form of education that is nationally accredited and meets certain requirements. The Diploma Of Building And Construction Jobs is a qualification that meets the VBA or Victorian Building Authorities requirements. This course is available for study either in class in Victoria or by using the virtual classroom Australia wide. Once you get your diploma, you can easily gain practical experience either through internships or by working as an assistant until you learn the ropes of managing your own construction project.
This job is quite enjoyable and the career is fulfilling. It is a job with a low stress level, a good life-work balance, and also gives you the chance to improve, get promoted and earn a bigger salary.