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Creative Jobs that Pay Well

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2021 12:32:20 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, careers, career opportunities

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What if we told you that you could create for a living and make good money while doing it? You’d probably be skeptical, and we wouldn’t blame you. But a creative career that pays well, with amazing benefits no less, is possible through a career in the building trades.

“Artist” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of someone who is working on a construction site. Chances are you think of someone with physical toughness, and not a well-trained and delicate hand like that of an artist or artisan.

But now consider what you think of when you hear about someone who is an artist, artisan, or creative. You think of someone who has a talent for making something out of nothing. Someone who is extremely and specially skilled, likely works with their hands, and creates things that are new and original. They have unique talents, and a honed craft. Many of the building trades, such as carpenters, metalworkers, bricklayers, painters, electrical workers, are all known for the very same things, and require the same creative skills to master their craft.

In the building trades, workers get to create all day long, using their hands to build tangible and beautiful objects and systems. There’s true artistry in every facet of their jobs, and at the end of each day they get to stand back with pride and marvel at their masterpieces. Whether it’s a field of solar panels, an architectural sheet metal roof on a museum, the decorative painting on the side of a building, or the metalwork that holds up a skyscraper, the men and women who work construction are building things that are beautiful and lasting.

The pay and benefits for this work are great, too! Not only do tradesmen and women have careers that are fulfilling and rewarding, they earn good wages, and have access to great benefits like health insurance, paid time off, sick leave, unemployment insurance, job security, a pension, and so much more! And as a bonus, the hours are consistent, providing a great work-life balance that allows time for continuing to create outside of work, too.

If you have a creative mind, love working with your hands, but are struggling to find a career that can feed your passions while paying the bills, we encourage you to explore the building trades. Learn more about the trades and how to get started with an apprenticeship today!

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What Does a Trade Job Mean?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 27, 2021 4:17:47 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, construction jobs, careers

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You’ve likely heard of someone being “in the trades” or being a “tradesperson.” You may have even heard someone say: “You’d do well in the trades!” But, what is a trade job, and how is it different from other jobs or professions?

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Back to School is the Start of a Rich and Rewarding Career in the Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 16, 2021 2:29:38 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, Schools, careers, career opportunities

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Back to school. For many, that means the start of another year of long hours in classes and lectures, writing papers, doing projects, studying, and working towards a future career. There’s a ton of merit to higher education and working hard towards a long term goal, but for many, slogging through years of coursework just to graduate with debt, no real-world experience, and only a prayer of finding a job isn’t an exciting or viable option.

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How Do You Become an Electrical Worker?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2021 1:00:37 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in apprenticeship, electrician, careers, apprenticeships, electrical industry

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Electrical work is a booming trade. The demand for skilled electrical workers is already high, and only expected to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth of over 8% between 2019 and 2029, which is double that of the projection for all other occupations. If you’re searching for a career that is not only fulfilling, but can give you job security, interesting projects, and great benefits, look no further than electrical work. Wondering how to get started?

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Should I Consider Apprenticeship Instead of College?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2021 3:18:31 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in apprenticeship, trades, careers, apprenticeships

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College certainly isn’t for everybody. We all have different passions, dreams, talents, and career aspirations. For many, the education required to reach those goals doesn’t have to come from a four-year college or university.

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Great Careers in High Demand

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 23, 2021 1:16:30 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, skilled labor shortage, construction jobs, construction outlook, careers, career opportunities, construction workers

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Thinking about a new career? Looking for work that you can not only be proud of and fulfilled by, but a career that is built on real, lasting skills that is secure and can’t be outsourced or automated? Look no further than a career in the building trades!

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A Job You Can Be Proud of in the Construction Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 16, 2021 2:39:13 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction jobs, careers, career opportunities, benefits

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We spend nearly 30 percent of our lives working, yet over 50% of U.S. workers aren’t satisfied with their jobs. When you spend so much of your precious time and life at work, finding a career that’s fulfilling and rewarding should be of the utmost importance.

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Is Construction Work Dangerous?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2021 12:28:29 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, job safety

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Is construction work dangerous? We’re not going to sugar-coat it: working on a construction site is inherently high-risk. Heights, heavy machinery, noise, strenuous physical requirements, and environmental hazards all pose risks to health and safety that aren’t present in many other jobs.

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Living the Good Life with a Career in the Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2021 12:33:22 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in trades, careers, apprenticeships, career opportunities, benefits

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Have you ever heard the expression “You can’t have your cake and eat it too?” We’re guessing you have, but if you haven’t, it essentially means that you can’t have more than is reasonable, or that you can’t have the best of two worlds. When it comes to most things in life, there are clear tradeoffs, and career paths are perceived the same way: work longer hours, get a higher salary; pay a ton for a college degree, earn more money later; do the grunt work, hope you’ll get a chance to climb up the ladder later.

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What is an Outside Lineman and Why Should We Thank Them Every Day?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 29, 2021 4:51:46 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, electric utilities, electrician, construction workers, electrical industry

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April 18 was National Lineman Appreciation Day and this post is meant to shower our nation’s lineworkers with a whole lot of love.

So just what is a line worker, anyway?

Outside Line Workers ensure that electrical power gets from power plants to our homes, offices, schools, hospitals, factories, and all other types of buildings and facilities. Linemen do a huge variety of jobs, including:

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