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The age-old debate - Experience or Knowledge?

Another week of scattering my CV and promoting my business everywhere! BBP is like confetti being sprinkled out of a cannon at a wedding. But what is frustrating is the comeback of " you need more experience". How do you get more experience if no one gives you the chance?

With more qualifications than I know what to do and holding a black CSCS how do you think I gained these fundamental docs without the experience?





As a seasoned project manager in the construction industry, I've witnessed first-hand the ongoing debate between experience and knowledge. It's a conversation that often arises, especially when considering how to navigate career progression and advancement. While qualifications and academic credentials are undoubtedly valuable, they often beg the question: How does one gain experience when they already possess the necessary qualifications?


In the construction industry, where practical skills and hands-on experience are highly valued, this debate takes on particular significance. On one side, there's a strong argument for the importance of formal education and specialized training. A solid foundation of theoretical knowledge lays the groundwork for understanding complex construction processes, project management methodologies, and industry regulations. Qualifications such as degrees, certifications, and licenses demonstrate a commitment to professional development and proficiency in the field.

However, the crux of the matter lies in the practical application of this knowledge. Experience is what bridges the gap between theory and reality. It's about learning how to navigate the intricacies of real-world construction projects, managing unforeseen challenges, and collaborating effectively with diverse teams. Experience provides invaluable insights that can't be gleaned from textbooks or classrooms alone. It instils a deeper understanding of industry nuances, best practices, and stakeholder dynamics. Yet, the conundrum arises when individuals find themselves in a Catch-22 situation: needing experience to gain experience.


So, how does one break this cycle and gain the necessary experience in the construction industry? One approach is to seek out opportunities for hands-on learning and mentorship. Engaging in internships, apprenticeships, or entry-level positions allows aspiring professionals to immerse themselves in the day-to-day realities of construction projects. Working alongside seasoned professionals provides invaluable mentorship and guidance, accelerating the learning curve and building practical skills.


Furthermore, embracing continuous learning and professional development is essential. Investing in additional training, workshops, and industry certifications demonstrates a commitment to growth and adaptability. Networking within the industry can also open doors to new opportunities and experiences. Collaborating with industry peers, attending conferences, and participating in industry events can broaden perspectives and facilitate knowledge exchange.


Ultimately, the debate between experience and knowledge in the construction industry is not a binary choice but rather a symbiotic relationship. Both are indispensable components of a successful career trajectory. While qualifications provide the foundation, experience is the catalyst for growth and mastery. By striking a balance between the two, aspiring professionals can chart a path towards excellence in the dynamic and rewarding world of construction project management.


At the end of the day, a CV is 3 pages of a window, in no way does a CV or a website paint a full picture of all the hard work and dedication I put into gaining my qualifications last year or all the experiences to be able to complete the assignments on the course.


The industry is struggling - so opportunities should be given and experience and knowledge shared.


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