|Network Rail - Industrial Placements||Nationwide||£17,000 + benefits|
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|Mott MacDonald - 2014 UK Mechanical Graduate Scheme||Nationwide||Competitive|
|Mott MacDonald - 2014 UK Civil Graduate Scheme||Nationwide||Competitive|
|Mott MacDonald - 2014 UK Engineering (Other) Graduate Scheme||Nationwide||Competitive|
|Mott MacDonald - 2014 UK Student Industrial Trainee||Nationwide||Competitive|
|Wates Group - Production Management Trainee Programme||Nationwide||Competitive + benefits|
|Wates Group - Commercial Management Trainee Programme||Nationwide||Competitive + benefits|
|Mott MacDonald - 2014 UK Electrical Graduate Scheme||Nationwide||Competitive|
Ranked 40 of 40 sectors
The popularity index ranks the sectors graduates chose most frequently during registration since 2000.
Average salary for jobs in Architecture & Construction compared to the average salary for all jobs posted to graduate-jobs.com
Percentage of graduates who studied a degree related to Architecture & Construction that have found relevant work since 2012: 89%
The process to design, develop and construct, not just a building but the whole redevelopment of an area involves many different people applying their skills in the Construction and Architecture sector. The field involves a variety of skills from a variety of disciplines, meaning graduates can enter the sector from different backgrounds and apply their knowledge and expertise to embark on a fantastic career in Construction and Architecture. These roles vary from being a Civil Engineer and Surveyor to Site Management, Transportation Planning or Bid Management. The Construction and Architecture sector offers graduates a chance to really shape their career through challenging and rewarding projects. Like many sectors, there are skills and traits that are applicable to various roles.
To get into the Construction and Architecture sector graduates do not always need a specific degree. Candidates applying for roles in Surveying or Civil Engineering will need a degree in the topic; however some of the more general roles like Site Management or Transportation Planning positions, employers can be a little more lenient in the type of degrees they accept. With Architecture, it usually takes at least seven years to be fully qualified after five years studying and two years in a professional office. Construction degrees are also available and can provide a head start in the skills needed for roles like Project Management or Site Management. These degrees are extremely beneficial for those aiming to break into the sector. There are other opportunities similar to this sector with similar degrees in Engineering, Environmental and Energy and Utilities.
Careers in Surveying are a fulfilling and dynamic career for graduates to pursue. It is the first point of call in any Construction process and is fundamental to any success in the sector. The measuring and assessing of space and land is important to the Construction and Architecture industry as everything relating to the project emanates from that origin. To pursue a career in Surveying, candidates must have great maths skills and be meticulous in the work they undertake. Facts and figures need to be spot on; otherwise it will cause no end of problems for Construction Firms and Architects. If a candidate has a degree that is an excellent start, if they can find themselves some work experience or shadowing, employers will be extremely impressed by their enthusiasm to gain skills in the field.
Other areas that graduates could look to explore would be a career in Civil Engineering. This field is as important as to laying the foundations of Construction or Architecture. Civil Engineering always requires a BEng and candidates should know this before preparing for a career in the field. Employers want to see graduates with a real passion for the practice; candidates would be advised to provide evidence of real work experience would be beneficial. Prospective Civil Engineers candidates would be advised to provide evidence of real work experience and have flawless Maths and Physics skills.
One thing that would be advised would be for candidates to have a particular speciality that they could emphasise in applications. It could be courses or projects that were part of a candidate's degree that relate to the company. It could be module on structural, soil or coastal Engineering that might relate to a company or firm's past or present projects. Employers like to see this sort of enthusiasm as well as a bit of research done about the company.
A key part to getting a job in Architecture is a graduate's portfolio. Prospective Architects need a portfolio that will knock the socks off employers through its style, quality and range of designs. Candidates need to think when presenting their portfolio about what is on display. They need to show clear and progressive thinking, clarity of objective, a balance between creative examples and real world practicality, always making sure that it is presented effectively and neatly. Many of the skills that Architects need are learnt at university, employers need to see that graduates want the job. This can be through extra work experience on top of their two year placement and a portfolio that is bursting at the seams with great and well executed designs.
Being a Site Manager or a Transportation Manager, graduates should be aware that employers require superb organisational skills. Candidates need to demonstrate the ability to effectively organise and motivate a work force to time schedules. The roles also require excellent communication skills between themselves and others working on the project, such as Surveyors, Architects and Civil Engineers. Clarity of communication between those parties allows smooth running of a site and project. Candidates should provide evidence of this, alongside qualifications, in the form of being in charge of societies and running events around that.
Site Managers need to have excellent problem solving skills. The role of Site Manager needs the successful candidate to be able to understand how these sites work and what the common problems they think they will encounter. This requires a mixture of experience in the field and lateral thinking, being able to see the bigger picture and work out a way to that. Candidates would be advised to suggest ways they've overcome difficulties in their academic or working lives to explain to employers they are the right person for the job.
Bid Management Teams are responsible for putting bids together and pitching proposals to potential clients. Candidates, for a role like this, need to understand the client and what they want. This element of Customer Service is important and will ultimately decide the success or failure of a candidate as a Bid Manager. Candidates need confidence and creativity when pitching to clients. Having the communication skills to talk to Architects about the clients demands, and research skills to find out how they can win this particular contract. Bid Management Teams are vital to long term successes of these companies and are the source of the income. Graduates going for these roles need to exhibit Customer Service and Sales skills, these could be evident from Retail or Hospitality part time jobs a candidate has had.
My telephone interview lasted for half an hour and was with a lady from the Learning and Developing department. She was very sweet and offered to rephrase a question for me…
My interview had been arranged after my CV/Portfolio had been sent to the head of the architecture department. Basically we went through my portfolio, and I had to go through and…
My telephone interview followed passing a CV screening and verbal reasoning tests. This was conducted by the head of graduate recruitment in the company and lasted for 30 mins. This started…