Construction & property

Despite the bumpy ride the property market has seen in the last few years, this sector remains a popular choice for graduates. The career choices in property range from estate agents and surveyors to construction managers and architecture. 

Often graduates who enjoy working with people, who like fast-paced environments and have bags of ambition, do well in the property sector. In estate agency, for example, graduates must be excellent negotiators, think on their feet and be aware of any competitors. Salaries can vary according to agency, however take Foxtons as an example, the salary starts at £22k plus benefits.

For those who are looking for a less-sales driven and more technical role, the Royal Chartered Institute of Surveying (RICS) trains people to become chartered surveyors. Here, you have the opportunity to travel across the work as you get contracted to survey a range of buildings, from iconic buildings to extreme surveying where you might find yourself climbing mountains to reach a remote building to well-known public sector buildings.

In terms of construction, this could be anything from housing, bridges, rail infrastructure, power stations and roads. Pretty much anything that you can construct! At a more senior level, you would be responsible for overseeing an entire construction project, so this would involve dealing with a broad range of people, including architects who are heavily involved in the planning stage.

Graduates looking to become architects need to complete a specific architectural course. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a good place to start! An eye for design and an interest in designing space and buildings is essential! On bigger projects you would work closely with the project or construction managers to ensure the building work is carried out correctly. Some firms may offer sponsorship opportunities to help you get started too, so it’s worth asking if you manage to get your foot in the door with an architects firm.

Ideally graduates must be articulate, problem solving, numerate and financially aware, be pragmatic, have strong interpersonal skills where you can motivate and lead and team, and have an element of creativity.


Key articles for construction and property graduates

Recruiters in this sector:

Colas Ltd

Colas SA is a world leader in construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure, with 58,000 employees in 50 counties. We are at the forefront of creating sustainable and effective solutions and leading in efficiency and valuable outcomes. Our customers know, Colas goes further.

Colas Rail

Colas Rail is one of Europe's leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services.

Dexters Estate Agents

As the fastest growing independent Estate Agent in London with 35 offices in central London and over 70 in the best locations across the capital, we have exciting opportunities for ambitious graduates who want to build a rewarding and lasting career with us.

Diamond Build Plc

Diamond Build Plc was founded in 1979 and has an excellent reputation for the delivery of social housing, education, public buildings and healthcare sector workers.

Hightown Housing Association

Hightown is a charitable housing association operating principally in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. We believe everyone should have a home and the support they need, so our aim is to build new homes and to provide excellent housing and support.


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Jackson-Stops's tailored approach to residential property puts our clients at the centre of all we do. From beginning to end, our knowledge, advice and exceptional service will steer your purchase or sale to a successful completion.


KBR provide consulting, technology, engineering, and construction solutions for a wide range of markets, from aerospace and defence to energy and chemicals to intelligence and beyond.

Kingsley Hamilton Estates

Kingsley Hamilton Estates is a refreshing new style of estate agency, with headquarters in Canary Wharf - East London’s hottest property district.

London Cyrenians Housing

We offer supported accommodation in London for people who have mental health needs, learning disabilities or who may be vulnerable, homeless or sleeping rough. Opportunity and empowerment live here – for all.

McCarthy & Stone

McCarthy & Stone are the UK's leading retirement housebuilder, we are at the forefront of our industry and over the last 40 + years we have built an enviable reputation for both our innovation and customer service.

Network Rail

We're looking for dedicated, enthusiastic graduates to become future leaders.


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Solution Recruitment

Solution Recruitment is a leading multi-disciplinary technical recruitment agency.

Speedy Services

Speedy is the UK's leading tool and equipment hire services company. Our hire fleet is the most comprehensive in the industry.

Spicerhaart Group

Be a part of the UK’s largest independent estate agent and most innovative estate agency group.

Stanley Black & Decker

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