Guide to a professional career in the Built Environment
Construction and the Built Environment is a large, diverse and exciting industry which provides you with many opportunities to change and improve the world around us!
Where are you now? Are you at home, at school or on a bus or tube? Each and every space that you use daily has been designed, planned and constructed by someone working in this amazing industry.
This guide from the Construction Industry Council provides an easy to read overview of some great careers in the Built Environment.
Making Amazing Ideas Happen
Inspire your students and their parents with this fantastic video from Autodesk. Real projects by real people from all sectors of Architecture, Engineering and Construction.
A Career in Architecture
“Be aware that a career in architecture will probably combine inspiration, perspiration, frustration, and elation in equal amounts. But if you have a restless nature, worry about the city and sustainability, are obsessed with beauty in all things, need to draw to finish your sentences effectively, and don’t mind meeting some of the most interesting and maddening people on the planet you are in the right place.”
David Gloster, Director of Education
Royal Institute of British Architects
What is next?…
Thanks to the lovely folks at Quattro for providing this quick reference factsheet for DEC students wanting to explore architectural design.
Read about the different roles in Architecture and routes into the profession.
About Building Services
Designed specifically for students and graduates, the ‘Make a Difference Factsheets’ below promote the benefits of working within the industry and provide clear guidance on how to get a foot on the building services career ladder. The Factsheets are sponsored by the CIBSE Patrons
Surveying your future?
From the initial photography, mapping and ground preparation of a site, to every contractual and financial aspect of engineering projects.
With a career in commercial management and geospatial engineering you could be tunnelling your way under the world’s cities or surveying projects from the latest sports stadiums to ancient monuments.
The Little Book of Civilisation
Civil engineers design and build bridges, roads, railways and tunnels. They also design and build tall buildings and large structures, like Wembley Stadium, so that they can last for hundreds of years and can withstand all weather conditions.
Take a look at at the amazing ways civil engineers overcome the challenges of creating and maintaining our infrastructure for us, and for future generations.
Many thanks to the Institution of Civil Engineers
Engineers are cool!
Be an Engineer!
This great fact sheet from our friends at Mott MacDonald is a great introduction to the exciting and wide variety of Engineering careers.
Discvover what each role involves and the general skills needed to be an Engineer.
Structural Engineering: an opportunity to transform our world
Structural engineers are a key part of the design and construction team, working alongside architects and other professionals. Together they create all kinds of structures from houses, theatres, sports stadia and hospitals to bridges, oil rigs and space satellites. Find out more in this brilliant guide to a career in Structural Engineering from our friends at The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Thinking about UNI?
The UCAS website will show you all the different options to help you decide whether you want to go to university or college.
Then if you choose to go ahead, they’ll show you how to make your application on ucas.com
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Chartered surveying can be a hugely rewarding and exciting profession. It can give you the opportunity to travel the world, work on a vast array of projects and earn a great salary.
There are various routes to attaining chartered status by becoming a full member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), depending on your education and qualifications.
RICS student membership can help you realise your potential and work to the highest standards at college or university. Their study assistance, career support and networking opportunities will help you work your way toward chartered status.
As a surveyor, you never really know where your job will take you next and with so many specialisms to choose from, there is something for everyone, from the environment to planning and development, to valuation to project management.
To get an idea of what being a surveyor is really like, read RICS range of case studies.
Choosing an accredited degree is the first step towards a career in surveying. With over 500 accredited courses all over the world, budding surveyors are spoilt for choice.
You can either go straight into these types of courses from school, or start with a related degree, such as geography, and then take an accredited postgraduate degree at a later stage.
Once you have completed an accredited degree the next stage is to get a job as a trainee surveyor.
In order to complete your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and become chartered, which is the next stage, you must complete a period of structured training with an employer. Structured training usually takes between two and three years and consists of on-the-job learning and assessment.
We offer lots of tips and services to help you get your first job as a surveyor, from helping you write a covering letter accompanied by an impressive CV, to letting you know about suitable vacancies through job email alerts.
As the costs of going to university increase, an apprenticeship route is a great, cost-effective way to start your career in surveying. The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust is an independent charity that supports young people who are finding it difficult to start their surveying career.
In order to become a chartered surveyor you need to be a member. This qualification shows companies and clients that you are trained to the highest professional standards and will greatly improve employability and career progression.
The APC is the practical training and experience which, when combined with academic qualifications, leads to membership and the status of chartered surveyor.
If you are not planning to go to university you can still become a chartered surveyor through the Associate route to membership.
It provides an opportunity for those with work experience and relevant vocational qualifications to gain recognition of their skills in the land, property and construction sectors.
Building a career and bucking a tradition
Lucy Williams’ journey to date has been far from normal. Having attended five different schools, she couldn’t wait to exchange her uniform and pencil case for a hard hat and saw, and enrolled on to a multi-skills qualification in bricklaying, plastering and carpentry. Lucy now works for Arcadis as the UK Regional Sector Manager for Infrastructure and sits on the RICS Matrics UK Board.
What are Degree Apprenticeships?
Degree apprenticeships are a new qualification which allows you to combine practical, workplace training with a university degree.
Our friends at Success at School have provided this great guide , which provides the answers to all the key questions so your students can decide if a degree apprenticeship is for them.
Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Guide
Are your students thinking about a hands-on alternatives to university? Our guide to higher apprenticeships explains how they can earn while they learn…