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“With an expected 2.9% annual growth rate over the next five years creating an estimated 220,000 jobs, and with housing and infrastructure the biggest areas of growth within the industry, there has never been a better time to begin a career in construction and home building in particular. However common misconceptions can often deter some people who believe that jobs within the industry are predominantly site based, when in fact there are a wide variety of careers available. This means there are roles suitable for just about everyone, regardless of their skill set.
One of the ways in which Countryside encourages more young people into the industry is through a range of training programmes for graduates and apprentices. After graduating from De Montfort University with a degree in Marketing in 2014, I joined the team as a Management Graduate and completed the Generalist Graduate Programme this year.
I had really enjoyed my degree, so definitely wanted to pursue a career in marketing, but I didn’t really want to work for an agency. During the summer before my last year at university I did a few months’ work experience in Countryside’s marketing department, which I really enjoyed.
When I went back to university for my final year and started researching graduate schemes, I noticed a lot of them seemed quite rigid in their structure. Countryside’s scheme stood out for me as it seemed to offer graduates a more tailored experience. This, combined with the work experience I’d done, led me to apply for Countryside’s Graduate Management Scheme.
There were two programmes available. The Specialist Programme designed for trainees who are interested in one area and have a degree relevant to it, and the Generalist Programme which is for trainees who may have a non-relevant degree or who may have a relevant degree, but are unsure as to which career path to take.
It is a two-year scheme, during which you normally spend time in Development, Construction, Land, Commercial Services, Customer Services, Sales and Marketing. In a normal entry-level graduate marketing role, you are thrown in at the deep end and don’t get to develop this kind of in-depth understanding across the business.
The Construction industry is not necessarily the obvious choice for a marketing graduate, but I am really happy that this is the path I’ve chosen. I love working with such a high-value product that is in increasingly high demand and where we have a direct connection with our customers. It is a very fast-paced, challenging industry that will always be topical, which means there will always be more to learn.”
For more information about how you could embark on a career in housebuilding at Countryside check out our careers website.
All the best
Daniel Hearn, Marketing Co-ordinator at Countryside
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