Map Your Career in Construction

Rebekah Valero-Lee Candidate Advice


Do you have first-hand knowledge of construction site operations? Well a construction manager job could be for you. Construction managers oversee construction projects from the early stages of development to the finished product. As well as hiring and supervising workers, construction manager must estimate project costs, determine schedules and ensure that safety codes are met. Let’s see what experience is needed to apply for a role like this.


Project Assistant | Project Coordinator | Project Management Support

Prospective managers might work in entry-level positions such as assistants after graduation. However, if you don’t have a degree, you may be able to work your way up if you’ve got experience in a relevant construction job such as a surveyor or site supervisor. Not only that, but construction management firms may provide training to prospective managers to prepare them for advancement opportunities.

Project manager | Implementation Manager

After a few years’ experience, the next step up is a Project Manager. This is where your responsibilities will grow but it’s a great opportunity to combine your construction knowledge with gaining management experience in order to progress. Project Manager


Construction Manger | Management Consultant | Programme Manager

With at least 5 years’ experience, you can progress to senior level. In order to improve your career prospects, you can get chartered status through an industry body like the Chartered Institute of Building. Construction Project Manager & Senior Project Manager


Head of Projects | Projects Director

Once you have reached senior project management such as a Construction Manager, there are several options for further career progression, like the Head of Projects or Projects Director. In this role, you could be responsible for the successful execution of a number of construction programmes and manage all external and internal parties involved in completing your scheme on time and within budget.


Key Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with people at all levels and to motivate staff
  • Good organisational skills as well as planning and problem-solving skills
  • Be prepared to take on responsibility and be decisive
  • Good numeracy and IT skills
  • In-depth knowledge of all aspects of building
  • Good knowledge of building regulations and health and safety
  • Physically fit



Construction managers work for construction companies or specialist subcontractors. There are also opportunities with local building contractors, central and local government, utility companies, and larger organisations such as major retailers. Take a look at our latest opportunities now.