Writing for Business Advice, Gemma Lacby, in collaboration with On Demand Supplies, outlines the pay, security and wellbeing benefits of starting a career as a tradesperson.
The world can be a very uncertain place at times and finding a good job, buying a property, having enough money for a pension and savings can be… tough.
It all starts with the career choice, of course. If you pick well and do a good job, you’ll be able to tick everything else off the list eventually.
So what is a good career to get into? It could be that becoming a tradesperson is the ideal way to find a job that pays well, is enjoyable, and offers long term security. Here are five reasons why becoming a tradesperson is a good idea.
People will always need you
There will always be a need for plumbers, electricians, boiler repair people, carpenters, and many other trades. That’s because having these skills is not something that the average person has.
You may be able to fix a small leak from a pipefitting or rewire a plug, but for the bigger projects (and sometimes the smaller ones too) there will always be a need to have someone experienced and qualified.
Getting the qualification is doable
If you’re considering a new career – or even if you’re at the start of your career journey – you may have an idea that gaining a qualification in a skilled trade is costly. That’s not the case a lot of the time. Think about it this way: a university degree will cost around £9,000. You’ll also have a student loan plus no guarantee of a job.
A plumbing course through the NVQ method costs around £1,500 – you can work while you’re studying and you are almost 100 percent certain of getting a job when you have your qualification.
Another good thing about the qualifications needed to become a plumber, electrician, or even a multiskilled tradesperson is that is doesn’t take as long as you might think. And since you can work at the same time, you can still earn money and gain experience which makes the whole enterprise useful and cost effective.
You can work for yourself
Being your own boss is something that many people like the sound of. You can work the hours that suit, take time off when you need it, and choose which jobs you want to do.
As well as this freedom, you will be able to make your own way and do things how you want. Remember, though, that there are a lot of legal requirements when it comes to running a business whether you’re a sole trader or you employ lots of people – tax is extremely important, for example, so make sure you know the ins and outs of business if you want to go it alone.
You will be paid well
Trades are essential and not everyone can do them (and certainly not everyone can do them well), meaning that if you can offer your services and you’re good at what you do, you’ll earn a good amount of money.
Of course, you might not be making six figures from your first day as experience counts for a lot, but if you persevere and work hard you will be able to charge higher prices and make more profit.
You will have a job for life
There are very few careers these days that offer a job for life. A secure job is something that many people are searching for but simply can’t find yet with a trade such as plumbing or carpentry (or any of the others, come to that) you will have found that “holy grail”.
You can work for as long as you want to because households will always want to know that there are people who can help them when things go wrong.
Plus, a trade will give you job satisfaction – something else that can be hard to find. Working should make you happy, otherwise all other parts of your life will suffer. Having a skill and being passionate about it is the best reason to choose to use it in your career. You will feel as though you have achieved something every day, and not all jobs can promise you that.
Gemma Lacby is passionate about vocational training and has supported many 16 to 18 year olds as well as some adults through the maze that is career change, using her background in education to help her
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