Field Notes

Insights and advice from the construction field.

How Can Upskilling Benefit Your Construction Career?

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Upskilling involves using education and training to increase your knowledge and skill set. Expanding your capabilities helps anticipate future employment needs and position you for additional opportunities. As a result, you increase your ability to maintain job security.

Advances in construction technology have increased the need for upskilling. Workers with specialized skills, especially in project management and other technical or supervisory roles, have increased opportunities to advance their construction careers.

In Which Areas Might Upskilling Benefit Your Construction Career?

Upskilling in areas such as construction technology could help advance your construction career. This technology helps increase construction safety and efficiency, improve design, and reduce costs.

Types of construction technology include:

  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • 3D printing
  • Drones
  • Construction robots
  • Wearables
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) analysis tools

Which Soft Skills Could You Develop to Enhance Your Construction Career?

Consider developing your soft skills, especially if you desire management or leadership roles. Then, you can take on additional responsibilities and elevate your performance.

Important soft skills for your construction career might include:

  • Organization: Effective planning and implementation support efficiency.
  • Time management: Staying on schedule helps meet deadlines and finish projects on time and within budget.
  • Communication: Effectively reading, understanding, and sharing information facilitates progress and helps minimize project errors.
  • Teamwork: Collaboration is required to complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Flexibility: Quick adaptation helps minimize the impact of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Decision-making: Efficiently making decisions helps projects move forward according to the timelines.
  • Problem-solving: Proactively resolving issues helps maintain safety and productivity.
  • Conflict management: Resolving issues between coworkers helps maintain productivity and morale.

How Can You Upskill to Advance Your Construction Career?

You can combine different approaches to upskilling for your construction career:

  • Analyze existing supply and demand conditions for construction labor.
  • Determine which skills are or will be most valuable to construction employers.
  • Find in-person or virtual training programs that fit with your upskilling objectives.
  • Decide whether earning a construction-related certificate or degree might open additional job opportunities.

Are You Ready to Start Upskilling Your Construction Career?

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