The majority of graduate jobs begin after the summer. Major construction organisations will run a graduate recruitment campaign in conjunction with a recruitment agency, way ahead of final graduation.
There are several routes to take within the built environment which include infrastructure, commercial construction and residential development. Research each sector and explore the career paths, this will help you decide which sector and organisations to target.
A prime time in the application process is the summer before your final year. You should have already started thinking about which career within construction is right for you, but also start thinking about where you want to live, and which organisations are within the locality that would suit your career choice.
Many graduate schemes are seasonal in terms of application, meaning there is a set period in which to apply. If you miss the deadline, you’ll have to wait another year. Some schemes follow a rolling recruitment process, dispelling the myth that once the September – January window is closed you cannot apply, as roles are constantly added throughout the year.
There are, however, still many opportunities to grasp as soon as you have graduated, as no commitments are final until the results are confirmed.
You will find an array of advice within our website from CV creation to starting your new job. Utilise as much free guidance as you can. Pick up the phone and speak to your contacts for advice or a recruitment consultant to gain feedback before submitting an application or CV. Remember, you only have one chance with your application so take the time to get it perfect.