"A Career in CDM” – focussing on the role of CDM Advisor and Principal Designer and how you develop a career in this area.
On the 29th of June, 2021, we were joined by Gleeds.
Ed Wilson - Associate Director - discussed what transferable skills he looks for in candidates, background and experience he wants candidates to have, what types of candidates are attractive when recruiting in this area.
Aled Phillips - Graduate CDM Consultant - discussed what it is like looking from a candidates perspective. What are the good things about a career in CDM, the challenges, how you can develop your career, and why it is a good career option?
Here is what Ed and Aled had to say:
Be critical; look at your transferable skills and how they would benefit you in a CDM role. Softer skills development is key to building relationships. The technical side can be taught but developing these skills is essential.
Be committed to developing your skills further by taking opportunities and getting experiences through placements, networking and mentoring is invaluable.
Be attentive to the clients’ requirements in conjunction with the health and safety regulations.
Be confidently and personably with clients and build a supportive association.
Be not afraid to ask questions.
Be perceptive, consider other aspects such as cost and logistics when considering an approach.
Be patient with clients when it comes to their understanding of health and safety. It’s vital to be considerate.
Being technically minded of the aspects of construction is essential.
Being invested in other areas of Health and Safety ‘adds more strings to your bow’.
Being knowledgeable in design is a very favourable ability among employers.
Being educated, having a degree or NVQ in Health and Safety or NEBOSH Diploma or NEBOSH General Certificate/ Construction Certificate is a great starting point. Acknowledges your understanding of health and safety regulations and how to apply yourself to the role.
A recording of the webinar is shown below: