What are construction students looking for in a job?

8April2007

A few months ago, I took a stab at answering the question above in my post entitled, “What are students looking for in a construction internship?” This post was based on my experience in working with several construction interns over the years. I found another source of information (a much more structured and detailed source of information) on this same topic at Dr. Bradford Sims’ website at www.constructioneducation.com. Dr. Sims’ methodology and survey results can be found at this link and below:

The below survey was given to graduating seniors (SII) and graduate students (G). They were asked to rate each statement on how important it was in maintaining continued employment with the same construction company. 1= not important and 5 = very important. The first column is the average of all responses, the second column is only graduating seniors (SII), and the third column is only for graduate students (G).

TOPIC

G & SII

AVG

N=95

SII

AVG

N=66

G

AVG

N=29

Upward movement in job positions

4.54

4.52

4.45

Company’s reputation within the industry

4.49

4.57

4.31

Stability of Company’s management

4.42

4.50

4.24

Company’s commitment to professionalism

4.39

4.42

4.31

Training

4.28

4.34

4.14

Company’s financial strength

4.28

4.30

4.24

Company’s safety performance/record

4.24

4.30

4.10

Challenging Vs. Mundane Tasks

4.22

4.21

4.24

Turnover rate of Company’s key management personnel

4.20

4.18

4.24

Area of the country you will mostly live

4.19

4.38

3.76

Company culture / Company philosophies

4.17

4.23

4.03

Major Medical Plan

4.17

4.18

4.14

Company’s attitude toward management training

4.17

4.21

4.07

Company’s commitment to integrating technology in the field

4.16

4.12

4.24

Company matching 401K retirement package

4.13

4.17

4.03

Company paid health care benefits

4.12

4.08

4.21

Ability to change positions when you wish to try something new

4.07

4.20

3.93

Depth of Company’s management skills

4.07

4.15

3.90

Company profit sharing

4.01

4.08

3.86

Flexible work environment – attire, work hours

3.98

3.97

4.00

Salary

3.96

3.88

4.14

Dental Plan

3.95

4.03

3.76

Recognition of work performed

3.94

3.92

3.97

Company’s attitude towards continuing education

3.93

3.94

3.90

Turnover rate of others in your position

3.92

3.85

4.07

Vacation/Sick time policy

3.82

3.85

3.76

Company mentoring program

3.79

3.76

3.86

Company’s attitude toward craft training

3.72

3.59

4.00

Work Schedule (number of hours per week)

3.71

3.73

3.66

Ability to focus on the type of construction in which you plan to specialize

3.63

3.67

3.55

Tuition Reimbursement for continuing education

3.58

3.61

3.52

Type of Work (High Tech, Pharmaceutical, office, etc…)

3.58

3.50

3.76

Variety of project types – diverse or specialized?

3.57

3.54

3.66

Company’s client base

3.54

3.59

3.41

Employee recognition program

3.44

3.43

3.45

Overtime work required for a salaried position

3.39

3.29

3.62

Toys- computers, PDA’s, etc…

3.38

3.43

3.28

Allow you to take a leave of absence to pursue a Masters’ degree

3.27

3.32

3.17

Size of company – number of employees

3.22

3.24

3.17

Size of projects – large, medium, small volume?

3.20

3.17

3.28

Size of the organization

3.18

3.17

3.21

Perks company offers (sport tickets, etc…)

3.13

3.20

2.97

Company vehicle

3.12

3.18

2.97

The need to relocate for projects

2.94

2.91

3.00

Travel for your job

2.84

2.71

3.14

Job title

2.80

2.86

2.66

Contact Dr. Sims at 352-392-7288 or via brad@constructioneducation.com for info. If you use or reproduce the survey, please give credit to ConstructionEducation.com and Bradford Sims.

If you find these results interesting and would like to participate as either a graduating Construction Management student or in an upcoming survey for those working in the industry, the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) will be providing an opportunity to fill out one of these surveys.

 

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2 Responses to “What are construction students looking for in a job?”


  1. Thanks for that. I know a couple of construction engineering students and will certainly let them know about your blog.
    Regards,
    Karl


  2. […] posts entitled, “What are students looking for in a construction internship?” and “What are construction students looking for in a job?” for some on the intern ideas I have seen […]


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