What advice would you give to someone considering entering your industry?

Editorial Team
Editorial Team
Team of Business Engineers

We like to round up each issue by giving featured business leaders the final word. In issue 105 we asked, “What advice would you give to someone considering entering your industry?”

Wouter van der Merwe, Managing Director, Raubex Construction

“Entering the construction industry is a challenging environment both mentally and physically. Here are a few pointers: 

  1. Be prepared to work hard!  
  1. Have a never-say-die approach and always have a plan B!  
  1. Get the best people with the correct skill set and who can work well in a team. 
  1. Understand your strengths and weaknesses.  
  1. Get as much information on the type of skills required to make a thorough plan of the work needed.  
  1. Have a ‘work smart rather than hard’ attitude.” 

Mohammed Asif Qasim, Managing Director, UNICA Iron and Steel

“Innovate, work smart, and be a leader, not a follower.” 

Deon Robinson, Managing Director, WBHO Building Africa

“This industry is becoming very tough, but if you are willing to go the extra mile and have the passion for construction, then it will be very satisfying in the long run.”  

Henry Craukamp, Managing Director, Sulzer South Africa

“For individuals considering a career in our industry, my advice is to cultivate a passion for continuous learning and high-quality service, and embrace adaptability. The industrial landscape is constantly evolving, and staying updated with the latest technologies and practices is crucial.  

“Additionally, developing strong problem-solving skills and effective communication abilities will set aspiring professionals apart. Building a diverse skill set and being open to challenges will not only lead to personal growth, but also contribute significantly to the dynamic and innovative field of industrial services.”

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