For ambitious graduates who want to maintain the lifeblood of our society, a role in infrastructure can be ideal. Here’s what you might be doing in your career in infrastructure.
Careers in infrastructure
The infrastructure landscape is fertile ground, not only for opportunities to show how talented you are, but for the extent that you’ll encounter new initiatives defining our future. Since infrastructure encompasses networks, materials and transport methods, you’ll be leading the charge towards greater standards of modern living.
Although it’s a daunting prospect to conceive of as a single entity, the UK’s infrastructure glues our cities, towns, and economic frameworks together, giving graduates the chance to find work anywhere in the country.
This diversity extends to the roles themselves, which can encompass planning, PR, data analysis, and engineering, amongst too many other areas to count. Whether you’re a brainiac with numbers and statistics, or someone who can inspire people to do amazing things, there’s a position waiting for you.
How roles in infrastructure can differ
Think of your typical development – it’s not just managed by a professional body with one set of skills. Each strand of infrastructure supports the other in some form, collating talents as one for a single vision.
Construction workers, for example, could fall by the wayside without an architect to back them up, and a project manager to direct resources where they’re needed most. Similarly, thousands of people are required to scour communities and hard numbers for a solid infrastructure strategy, which in turn influences where developments take place.
You can therefore be a whizz with mechanics and material science, producing and maintaining the fundamentals of quality infrastructure, or head down the more hands-off side of the industry, directing and supporting manual teams from afar.
Bear in mind too that there are many distinct infrastructure types; ‘critical’ systems, for instance, are structures and networks that we can’t do without, such as bridges and water supplies. This contrasts to military infrastructure, which only caters for armed forces e.g. barracks, airfields, training centres and the like.
What would a typical role involve?
Although we’ve touched on the specific roles you might encounter before, there are a few common elements to look forward to when applying for this sector. In fact, even just being aware of the multi-armed nature of the infrastructure beast can prepare you for working within it.
First and foremost, you have to be a team player. Whatever your role, you’ll have to conceptualise, co-ordinate and thoroughly inspect how your performance fits with others surrounding it. You might have to consider what a safety officer, design expert, or average citizen will say about what you’re doing.
You’ll also be onsite fairly often, unless you’re set on an IT role. Employers expect graduates to be suited to the outdoors, and never resentful if an urgent issue means you need to work out of hours. Sub-standard practises can undermine an entire development plan, so you should be always seeking perfection to save time and budgets.
Persistence in general will be right at the top of your agenda, because innovation never stops. You’ll be looking out for new techniques and manpower directives, hunting ever more efficient methods for doing your job.
Top graduate employers
Infrastructure careers are incredibly varied, but there are a few big employers to watch out for:
How do I apply?
Like any other sector, companies will advertise positions on their website, and some national job portals. You can fill in separate applications when you stumble across them or, alternatively, streamline the process by regularly checking our Bright Network careers page.
By creating a free account with us, all of your relevant roles will be in one place, letting you scroll through and apply to dozens of attractive companies.
Whilst it’s very difficult to sum up all the roads you can take for a career in infrastructure, we hope this guide has shed light on the demands of the sector as a whole. If you’re motivated, a natural communicator, and able to see how ideas are brought to reality by their smaller constituents, then you’ll thrive in this environment.
Are you hungry for an infrastructure-related position? Our Bright Network jobs list has a feast of newly advertised positions each week.