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Secrets of the Sectors: Property and Construction

This sector is vast and ranges from architecture to town and country planning. There are so many areas of property and construction that you can get involved in.

Graduates looking for work in the industry should consider looking for employment by:

  • Amey
  • Atkins
  • Barratt Developments
  • Costain
  • Countrywide Group
  • GVA
  • JLL
  • Knight Frank
  • Lendlease
  • Redrow
  • Skanska
  • Willmott Dixon

These are just a few of the companies offering work to graduates, however. There are plenty of property and construction related businesses out there willing to take on graduates.

Points to Consider

  • Work within this sector is fast-paced and involves strict deadlines.
  • Salaries start at around £23,000, however they can be higher depending on graduate schemes.
  • Self-employment is a possibility for those working within this industry.
  • Most roles within the field require a lot of on-site work, even office based jobs.
  • Jobs in this sector can lead to working abroad full time or on smaller/individual projects.

Whether or not a degree is needed for the job depends on the specific role itself. Specialist jobs often require degrees at undergraduate and sometimes graduate level. However, there is the added option of getting into the sector using the graduate scheme route, or an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships come in four different levels: Intermediate, advanced, higher, and degree. The level that you will need to complete depends on the role you are applying for.

Where should I study?

Where you should study greatly depends on what aspect of property and construction you want to go into. For example, for Land & Property Management Studies, look at courses at the University of Reading. Reading was rated the top university for Land & Property Management Studies in the UK for 2010. For Real Estate degrees and masters, look at City University London and again, the University of Reading. To study Building and Town and Country Planning, take a lot at Nottingham Trent University, University College London, and The University of Sheffield.

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