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One week built environment challenge

Not sure on what to do between now and starting university? Don’t fret, we’ve put together a plan to help you stay up to date and prepared for university. Why not fill your time by going through our resource round up and get inspired in just one week.

Day one

Time to stay social. Start the week by following some of the big contractors and keywords around construction management on social media such as Twitter. In the next couple months there will be a lot of discussion around construction and big projects such as HS2. Be sure to stay ahead of the conversation.

Day two

Take a listen to a podcast, try the Property Podcast or Skylines. Find one that interests you.  

With one quick search you’ll be able to find the right podcast for you. Whether you’re interested in interviews with some of the biggest industry juggernauts or an analysis of something more technical use Apple podcasts or Spotify to find the right one for you.

Day three

Spend some time updating your LinkedIn profile.

You’ve probably heard of the importance of networking, especially when you’re new in the industry. Luckily LinkedIn makes networking easy. Taking a few moments to work on your profile will help you to become more visible and build contacts. Connect with your peers and be one of the first to find out about new opportunities. 

Day four

Discover the Construction News website. This site is the UK’s leading source of construction industry news, market intelligence and forecast and trend data. It will provide you with a detailed context and vital intelligence on what the industry trends and forecasts are. Read opinion pieces, follow the conversation on key topics affecting the industry and take a look at jobs in the industry.

Day five

Get acquainted with RICS. RICS is a globally recognised professional body, they are designed to effect positive change in the built and natural environments. Stay up to date with the latest standards and industry innovations. Spend some time reading about the future of surveying and how recent RICS research has emphasised the pace of technological change that is powering the digitisation of the built environment.

Day six

CIOB is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. Use their website to learn about industry trends and updates. This is also a good resource to monitor as they post information about events. You can sign up to hear about when the next CIOB events and networking opportunities will be open again.

Day seven

To end your week find your perfect audiobook. Audible is offering a 30 day free trial so why not make the most of this by finding an autobiography of someone whose career you admire, or perhaps something more technical.

Well done, you’ve completed the round up! Bookmark this blogpost for when you require some inspiration and want to be productive in a short amount of time.

We hope you found this useful in preparing to study for a career in the built environment. Keep in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook to ask us any questions you might have, or share your challenge success.

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