Steve Taylor-Wilson, marketing campaign manager at Saint-Gobain Isover, tells us why he loves construction.
How did you get into the industry?
After graduating, I started working in marketing at a small but dynamic organisation specialising in construction products.
I was able to get involved in some really exciting campaigns to promote the product development we were doing, including site security, temporary heating and lighting, and work wear.
The role gave me a great understanding of the industry as well as the opportunity to get onto site and engage with the customers, which I really enjoyed.
What is the best thing about construction?
Construction is a great industry to work in and is a really rewarding career choice, whichever area you choose to specialise in.
I get great satisfaction from seeing our work in the public domain – whether that’s in print, on-site or in-store.
It keeps me motivated to see that I’m making a difference in promoting our offering and that people are benefiting as a result of knowing about, and using, our products.
The people that work in the industry are great too. Customers and end users are always happy and genuinely interested in talking to us about new developments and how we can work together.
They’re also always open and honest with their feedback, which helps us hugely.
Building these close relationships is important, as it not only helps us to develop our products and services, but also gives us insight into what makes our customers tick, which is something I’m always really interested in finding out more about.
If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be?
I would change the reluctance that the industry can have in trying out new ideas and ways of working, as it can mean that it can sometimes take a bit of time for new technologies and solutions to be adopted.
This is changing all the time, but it would be great to see the innovative tools and solutions that are being developed used to really help people with their day-to day working lives.
How should we encourage young people to join the industry?
I think the industry could do more to emphasise the fact that working in construction is very rewarding and has so many opportunities, for example, by working more closely with universities and colleges to inspire students to consider careers in construction.
I’ve been lucky enough during my six years at Saint-Gobain to work in two different areas of the business, Artex and Isover.
This has helped my career and as it’s meant I’ve been able to learn much more than I would have otherwise. It also keeps the motivation and interest levels up!
Steve Taylor-Wilson is marketing campaign manager at Saint-Gobain Isover