2020 was quite a year. While it has been trying for all of us, it’s also forced good and needed reflection on what we really value, and what we want from life moving forward, both personally and professionally. Coupled with a new year and the new resolutions that come with it, 2021 is sure to be a year of progress, change, and growth.
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.
Does the thought of sitting in a college classroom for four years seem unappealing?
Do you hate writing long term papers?
Are you worried about finding a good job so you can move out of your parent’s house?
Are you tired of doing work that leaves you feeling empty?
Do you want to be excited about going to work, knowing a new challenge is waiting for you?
Are you tired of spending all day staring at a screen or getting yelled at by customers?
Perhaps you heard the college recruiter tell you that a degree from their prestigious university can get you a job anywhere.
Just because you have a piece of paper that probably put you tens of thousands of dollars in debt, if not more, does not guarantee you a job.
Athletes know that success comes through hard work and discipline, by getting up early day after day and training when no one else is and by doing the things no one else will.
As an athlete, you also know that you are only as strong as the team that surrounds you— the people who encourage you when you are down and tired but not out, the brothers and sisters who push you to go beyond yourself and become your best self.
After the 2008 recession, construction and skilled labor numbers declined. Now, as the construction industry busier than ever, the demand for well-trained, highly-educated tradespeople has never been higher. Now is a great time to begin a career in the construction trades.