Those planning to study construction or engineering shouldn’t panic or change their career plans based on the current property downturn, according to a local industry expert.
Eugene O’Sullivan, who heads up the Construction Management and Engineering department at WIT, believes that “rewarding and exciting careers” await those wishing to enter the sector.
“While Ireland enjoyed unprecedented growth in the past 15 years, other countries did not fare so well,” said Mr. O’Sullivan.
“The opposite is now the case in that Eastern Europe, parts of the Far East, China, India and the Emirates are now in an era of strong construction growth.”
Mr O’Sullivan said there was “no need for despondency in young people” wishing to enter the construction sector given its resilience.
“Based on the pre-Celtic Tiger cyclical performance of the construction industry, it is sometimes advisable to commence a third level construction programme while the industry is in a downturn and graduation four or five years later will coincide with a resurgence in activity,” he added.
So it’s case of ‘chins up, kids’ in Eugene O’Sullivan’s estimation.