Will this sector suit me?

VP Construction John


“I was always good at drawing. Now I get to make people’s visions come alive on paper.”


John, trainee draughtsman

What qualities will I need?

You’ll like putting things together and making new things from scratch. If you are good at visualising what things look like in your head, that’s an asset in this sector. Being good at sketching or drawing would be an added bonus. You’ll be self motivated, able to adapt to change, to respect other people’s tools and opinions and interact with clients. You’ll be expected to take pride in the job you do. But you’ll also need to be able to laugh and take a joke. You’ll need to like working with others – this is not a job for loners. 

What key competencies do employers look for?

Employers will be matching your key competencies to their workplace:


  • You’ll be able to use good judgment, especially when it comes to quality requirements.
  • You’ll be able to problem solve and look for ways to do the job better – without affecting safety or cost.
  • You’ll be expected to respond effectively to changes and learn from your mistakes.

Relating to others

  • You’ll be expected to work as part of a team, to communicate well, and interact appropriately with clients, sub-contractors, bosses, and workers.

Participating and contributing

  • You’ll be able to contribute your skills towards improving your community’s built environment through pre-schools, clubs, service organisations, and wider community projects.

Managing self

  • You‘ll have a “can do” attitude, be willing to take responsibility, arrive at work on time, and have the confidence to ask questions when you don’t understand.

Using language, symbols, and texts

  • You’ll have practical maths skills for everyday life, such as measuring, using plans, and entering and extracting basic information on computers.
  • You’ll be able to read manuals and texts and apply them to practical situations.