Hi all, i have been working in the civil engineers dept of a
construction company for the last 5 years and have decided now i want
to get myself a career, im tempted to go into Health and Safety, what
is your opinion of this is there a demand or is the market flooded
with H&S people, what type of £ are H&S people earning.
My alternative is to work with a plumber and learn that trade but he
will not let me go to college but said he will purchase all relevant
books etc etc.
Decisions, Decisions, please advise
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On Mon, 29 Dec 2003 10:44:31 +0000, a particular chimpanzee named SJ
You haven't said what your current qualifications are.
There is a shortage of Building Control Surveyors (AFAIK it's the same
for most kinds of Building Surveyors), and I heard a report that the
Seller's Packs for house sales coming in in 2005 will mean a need for
tens of thousands of extra Valuation Surveyors.
"The fact that no-one on the internet wants a piece of this
Sorry, ok IT / security analyst 3 years, nebosh general cert,
employment law (module from legal executive) data protection
course, etc etc,
no qualification in construction as such but considering either nebosh
construction or nvq 3 in health and safety
"Career: To travel wildly and out of control downhill to eventual
disaster" Also, "to be conned into thinking that by gaining expereince
in one narrow field of expertise, you will have a secure job for life,
professional status, and a pension."
Chisrt, if ou don't know the answers already, I'd say the only 'career'
you are fitted out for is the media or politics. They ONLY employ people
who don't know anything about the subjects they get involved in.
I'd stick to plumbing, and go to night school at your own expense, and
ditch the plumber who won't take you on.
How many H&S people does a normal sized firm employ? - 1 or it is combined
with another job function.
The larger firms will have one old guy who has been in the job for eons, and
will not let it go for another 50 years or so.
There may be some work as a trainer or other consultant, but I would not say
enough to motivate you to consider it without a definite job offer and
Pay is not that good either.
If this plumber does not let you attend college, then you are not learning a
trade. He will show you how HE does things, and how HE thinks things should
be done, so you end up with his narrow experience and his bad habits. You
need some other references to help you learn, not just one.
A plumber does not have a career, it is a job. But it can form a good
background to an eventual technical/managerial position.
Do you want to work just to pay the bills and for holidays, or do you want
to improve yourself and your knowledge? You have to have a short, medium and
long term objective, and plan your eventual job/career to achieve it.
I cant see how your only alternative is a job with a plumber. Surely with
your previous experience and current work there are other opportunities?
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