Career development to construction site managerial positions in the construction field


  • Krista Rautio
  • Satu Uusiautti
  • Sanna Hyvärinen


career path, construction management, narrative research, positive psychology, psychological capital, social capital


This research explores career development in the construction industry. By showcasing the career narratives of managers of construction sites (N=21), the research unfolds which elements are significant in influencing career development and aims to increase the possibilities for construction workers to flourish in their careers and help make such careers more attractive. The career narratives were analyzed in two phases. First, the analysis of narratives showed that except for the various career experiences, the proximity of construction sites in the interviewees’ managerial career goals differentiated the narratives. Second, as a result of narrative analysis, three construction managerial career paths were identified: I) devotion to construction site management, II) interest in versatile construction projects, and III) passion for leadership. Career development could be viewed from the perspective of various capitals which emerge in the narratives. The interviewees brought up societal and economic changes that challenged or boosted their careers or even caused them to change direction. Career goals might not have been achieved as such if they were not enabled by external factors, such as organizational, economic, societal, or location-related issues or favorable coincidences. The participants found favorable options and solutions for career development by drawing on their social and psychological resources. Social capital supported career choice and career development, whereas psychological capital appeared as, for example, optimism, perseverance, and an ability to follow one’s calling.


Rautio, K., Uusiautti, S., & Hyvärinen, S. (2023). Career development to construction site managerial positions in the construction field. Ammattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja, 25(2), 20–33.