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How does construction work and what are the skillful aspects of it?

Would I be paid a salary for construction and what would be the benefits? Ideally, I would like to start off with a job title that can lead to a future and possibly be helpful.

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Ed’s Answer

As in most industries, and even the military, there are two different aspects to the undertaking. You will always have the "hands on" side of the industry and you will have the "management" side. Most of the "skill" development is done on the hands on aspect. You would start as a helper doing the boring, dirty, repetitive jobs and eventually reach a level of skill so high that you would begin to understand the "big picture" which is what management deals with. In management you would also start at the bottom doing the boring, dirty, repetitive jobs but eventually be able to lead your own project. Skilled workers are usually paid a wage, typically per hour. Management is paid a salary and doesn't have the luxury of charging "overtime" for any time spent working over 40 hours. A project manager, engineer, architect or estimator will rarely ever develop any manual skills despite being in charge of large construction projects and a skilled laborer might learn every aspect of how to build a structure but wouldn't have a clue as to how to design, fund, organize or certify it. There are pros and cons for each side, you will make more money in management but you will derive more personal satisfaction skilled labor. A lot skilled workers envy the prestige and compensation management enjoys but by the same token a lot of management people spend their time off developing manual skills to tap into that feeling of accomplishment you get when you actually build something with your own hands.
The key is to choose the path that would make you happy. Don't choose based on money, peer pressure, or perception. No ones knows you better than you know yourself, choose wrong and no matter how many criteria you check off your list you'll still be miserable. Choose right and you won't even noticed what you sacrificed to get to where you are.
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Oladele solomon’s Answer


The Skillful aspect of Construction is as follows:
1. Planning
2. Execution
3. Co-ordination
4. Tracking
5. Time Management
6. Budget Management
7. Sub-contractors management and co-ordination
8. Strong Stakeholders relationship and community Involvement
9. Good pre-close out assessment.
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