Mike Burdick of Queensbury, N.Y. went to college because that was what was expected of him after graduating from high school.
It is common for some people to spend a part of their life trying to find a career that they enjoy, but also one that can support them financially.
A number of high school graduates and college students struggle to find a career that pays well and they enjoy. A registered apprenticeship program in the construction industry can set you ahead for a life of financial success.
Working in an industry that is predominately male can be intimidating for some women, but a growing number of females are proving they can have satisfying, successful careers despite being outnumbered on a construction jobsite.
According to a 2016 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, nearly half of all jobs require some outdoor work.
“Is college worth it?”
The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week runs through November 17, and it provides an excellent way to recognize the benefits of apprenticeship and how it is helping so many Americans build solid, satisfying careers.
According to economists, not every young person is right for college, and the option to build a career in the trades may be just the answer for many millennials.
It’s true that many high schools and families continue to push students to attend traditional universities and earn four-year degrees, but with the demand for workers in the construction and other trades continually increasing, some views are changing with regard to what a young person should do after high school.
Like many people in their early twenties, Emily Williams wanted a better future for herself and her family. She’d studied Criminal Justice at Wayne County Community College in Michigan and had worked in the concrete-casting industry, but she struggled financially and wanted something more.