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The top benefits of moving from being on the tools to a construction project manager

As an experienced construction worker, you have insight into how a building project should be run from start to finish. Moving on from the tools and into a role as a construction project manager is a natural next step.

But what are the benefits of this transition and how can you make sure you’re ready to progress?

In this blog post, we discuss the top benefits of stepping up into a construction project manager role having been on the tools. Read on to find out how your job satisfaction could improve and your bank balance could benefit from accelerating your career.

Learning People | Man on construction site considering a career change

Meeting the job market demand

The demand for project managers is high, there’s no doubt about that. The Project Management Institute expects to see 22 million new project management job openings through to 2027.

This means there’s massive opportunity here for someone to step into a construction management role and reap the benefits of this skills gap.

A higher salary

Construction project managers tend to earn more than people in manual roles. You can expect to earn around £60,000 as a senior or chartered project manager. Even when newly trained, you can expect to earn a healthy £30,000.

More energy outside of work

Moving off the tools and into a management position means your day will be spent managing people and making sure the building project is run properly. Your role will be much less physical. 

Suddenly, you’ll find you have much more energy to enjoy time with your family and friends outside of work. You may find your ability to excel in sports and other hobbies steps up a gear, as you’re less physically drained by your day job.

Greater job satisfaction

Working in a construction project management role is hugely rewarding. You get to ensure that things are done exactly as they should be, across every aspect of the building projects you manage.

When a build is completed, you’ll know that without you at the helm, it simply couldn’t have happened. The satisfaction of seeing an impressive structure towering above you, that your management skill has made happen, is like nothing else.


Opportunities to progress

Once you have earned respect in the industry as a successful construction project manager, you’ll discover a wealth of opportunities for progression. There is a plethora of opportunities for qualified project managers

You could go on to manage much larger scale projects anywhere in the UK or abroad. Or you could take your project management skills and apply them to a completely new industry of your choice.

This is not only letting your body recover from all the manual labour strains, but is also giving you a new direction to secure a long term career. There is no risk of your position being offered to a younger and more agile body, your experience and knowledge will become your main asset that will keep you in high demand.

Transferring your skills 

With years of working on the tools under your belt, you will have many transferable skills. Your technical and practical knowledge of building will prove invaluable as you brief in and oversee tasks. Meanwhile, your communication skills and insight into the challenges of working in a manual role will make you an empathetic and inspiring manager.

How to make the career change

So, how do you develop what you already know, whilst adding industry relevant and required skills that put your mind to best use?

First things first, remove your mental barriers. If you think something will be too difficult, then you probably won’t work at it long enough to know if it can be achieved. If you think something will take too long, you likely won’t even start.

Anyone can successfully complete a professional certification, We would know, We’ve encouraged and supported countless individuals to do so. 

Here is an example of a certification to start you off and help you get off the tools:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management: this certification takes around 65 hours to complete from start to finish. Long gone are the days of lengthy essays and a 4-year learning plan, and here to stay are concise professional accreditations, that tell employers that you are competent and accomplished in getting the job done.


How can we help?

Our specialist project management career consultants are experts in the field of construction project management. We’ve been able to help thousands of individuals from all backgrounds upskill and advance by knowing exactly what credentials and certifications employers want and need to oversee the success of a project.

We have the ability to do this by being partnered with all the major job boards and the most in demand awarding bodies for professional project management certifications. We will work with you to uncover a clear career path and find the most suitable online training for you and your experience.

Our approach is 100% independent and purely focused on industry relevance for the individual. So, regardless of what you’re up to now on site, career elevation is a lot closer than you think. 

Call us today for a professional and career focused bespoke consultation. We’re interested in where you currently are and where you’re hoping to get to in your career. We will support you every step of the way, with award winning StudentCare, Career Services, and globally recognised online professional certifications that put you front and centre ahead of the competition when coming off the tools.