Five Reasons to Study Building
Don't be fooled by the name – degrees in Building aren't just for those who like getting their hands dirty or mixing a couple of barrels of cement. To find out more about why you should consider a Building degree, check out some reasons why:
1. You'll have some tangible evidence of your work
Students and graduates the world over will have faced the eternal issue of having to sit with family and friends and explain what their subject is and what you can do with it. For Building students, it's a lot simpler. Once you're in the world of work, and possibly even beforehand, you'll be able to point to structures in the world around you and say, "I helped make that" or, "That's what I'm working on right now". That should save you explaining things to some confused faces.
2. You'll have exceptional employment prospects
We all know degrees in Medicine and other medical disciplines have the highest employment prospects, but what you may not be aware of is that outside of those subjects, Building is right up there with the very best.
3. You can expect a healthy (and increasing) graduate starting salary
Having a good chance of getting a job is one thing, but if the starting salary is a pittance, you could be excused for wondering if a Building degree is worth it after all. Thankfully for those interested in the subject, Building graduates have it better than most.
What's more, that enticing figure is on the rise, meaning those applying to the subject now should have some assurances over the salary they expect to earn upon graduation.
4. You'll get an enviable range of transferable skills
As good as the employment prospects are for Building, you may still decide you don't want to pursue a career in the field once you've earned your degree. If so, you needn't worry – a Building degree will instill in you more than enough skills you can transfer to other careers.
Upon graduation, you should be able to count logical thinking, teamwork and communication skills, technical expertise, leadership and the ability to deal with complex technical details among your skillset.
5. You can hone your skills on work placements
Lectures and books are great for understanding the theory behind things, but when it comes to actually doing something, nothing quite matches up to…well, doing it.
Many Building courses are professionally accredited, meaning that upon graduation, you'll be qualified to work in the industry. As such, to ensure that we aren't unleashing a hoard of inexperienced professionals into the Building world every year, courses tend to contain multiple compulsory work placements, allowing you to flex your metaphorical muscles in a practical capacity.
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