By Natalie Rodgers
The experience veterans have gained are widely transferable to a variety of fields, but one of the greatest post-service jobs that a veteran can pursue is in the construction field.
Here are five reasons why veterans should consider the construction field and recruiters should be hiring them:
Veterans are Disciplined
To ensure the safety and integrity of any building project, construction workers need to be strict in the areas of precision while following a firm guideline. Military veterans are no stranger to heavy consequences and are specifically trained to follow orders and complete tasks under dire stress or pressure. Their ability to follow through with precision allows for construction projects to be done properly first time without error.
Veterans Have the Skillset
No matter how they served, all veterans are trained to lead, have quick problem-solving skills and stay organized in both appearance and circumstance. These attributes are important in any job field, but especially in one such as construction where the unexpected is to be expected. Many veterans were also trained in specialized fields such as computers, technology, specialized tools and equipment – all important skills in the construction industry.
Construction Provides a Smooth Transition
Along with the many similarities between the world of construction and military service, the construction industry’s communal aspect allows for a smooth transition for veterans. Not only will past military personnel be able to connect to the teamwork and comradery in this field, but they will also meet numerous other veterans already in the industry who understand the struggles of transitioning.
Veterans Know Teamwork
In every branch of the military, people from all races, genders, cultures, backgrounds and experiences come together to work for a greater cause. Veterans understand better than anyone the importance of putting aside differences to work as a team to complete a task. The world of construction is almost entirely collaborative and relies on the same need for communication and teamwork. This makes veterans more likely to have a smooth integration in their work environment and less likely to face issues in miscommunication.
Veterans are Quick to Learn
Unexpected changes and redirection are common in the construction industry. The sudden need to shift gears to adapt to a new game plan can be jarring for many people, but veterans are well equipped to handle changing plans. The strict, fast-paced nature of the military trains veterans to pick up on new tasks quickly and to problem-solve and think on their feet.
Whether you are a veteran looking for the next step in your career or an employer looking for the most qualified candidates for your team, veterans are equipped with the proper tools to make any construction project a success.
For more information on veterans in the construction industry, check out the following websites:
Veterans Build America: veteransbuilamerica.org
CareerOneStop’s occupation profiles: https://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Learn/career-profiles.aspx