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Could your ideal job be one you've never heard of?

Apr 16, 2015

Could your ideal job be one you've never heard of?Many pepole don't know about careers in construction like welding and glazing, according to a survey.

The survey asked people aged between 18 and 35 to describe a variety of construction jobs. While almost everyone could explain what a plumber, plasterer or carpet layer did, other jobs weren't so well understood. Almost half didn't know what a welder did, while just over half didn't understand a glazier's job. The least well understood job asked about was dredger, which only 39% explained correctly.

Understanding the different jobs available is a vital step when planning your career. Sites like the National Careers Service and iCould can introduce you to a huge range of careers, and there are plenty of sites that can help you to discover jobs you might never have even heard of. Getting face-to-face careers advice can also help you to understand – and narrow down – your options.

The full jobs list - and what they all mean

  • Lorry/van driver (99% correct): Delivering materials and goods around the country and abroad. Involves working on your own and at all times of day. Driving lorries requires special training on top of a full driving licence.
  • Carpet layer (96%): Fitting carpets and other floor coverings. No special qualifications are required, but you'll need to be able to work out measurements quickly and accurately – mistakes can be expensive.
  • Plumber (93%): Fitting, maintaining and repairing water and gas systems. You'll need to qualify, often through an apprenticeship, and could work for a plumbing firm or start your own.
  • Plasterer (90%): Applying plaster to walls and ceilings, as part of new construction or repairs. No special qualifications are required, but you'll need physical fitness and skill.
  • Electrician (83%): Fitting and fixing wiring in buildings. You'll need to qualify, often through an apprenticeship. Attention to safety is very important: mistakes can be very dangerous.
  • Labourer (78%): A general construction worker, doing a range of physical jobs on construction sites. No special qualifications are required, but you'll need good physical fitness and the ability to work to safety requirments.
  • Mason (61%): Cutting, carving and laying stone. Qualifications aren't required, but are useful – an apprenticeship is a good place to start.
  • Welder (51%): Cutting and joining metal. Welders are required in a range of fields beyond construction, such as engineering and transport. You'll need to train at college or through an apprenticeship.
  • Glazier (48%): Cutting glass and fitting windows. You'll replace broken windows as well as fitting glass for new buildings. Qualifications aren't needed, but you'll need to be able to work accurately and carefully.
  • Dredger (39%): Digging sediment from the bottom of rivers, lakes or seas to keep them clear for boats and ships, create new harbours, prevent flooding or reverse erosion.

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