Rethink Careers in Construction: For Students

Rethink Careers in Construction: For Students



I've never thought that I would go into construction before this ever I had a wrestling scholarship out of high school to go to college it just wasn't for me you know I wanted to get out in the field and make money right away I started out building houses it wasn't a lot to be money to be made housing market fell industrial construction there was a lot of jobs there was money to be made that's why I chose a industrial construction she could have gone to college for four years and still not made the money that she is making on this job now it didn't cost me anything to get any of the training it back to me and my wife's guilt about it all the time because she going to college for four years we're still paying off her student loans and she never came within 20 grand of my annual salary I mean I do make better money than I may in other places or most people start out as a helper and then as you advance you make even more money they just may give you a great opportunity to learn and they've got great values here as long as you come to work every day and you're motivated there's great opportunities you know a lot of people think that construction is just a bunch of hard work and no benefits that that's all you can do in life if you can't get a real job that's not the case being able to read a blueprint to put these pieces up together perfectly takes a lot of talent not your everyday guy can just walk up and look at a blueprint and say okay yeah I'll just go and build this power plant it takes years of practice experience and communication between all crafts and people most of my friends are working-class guys like me and when we go to parties you know we got the nicest trucks there ever since 1997 I've never been out of work and I can attribute that to construction I've never been out of work in eight years I get job offers left and right we're just dying for health right now I see construction as my career because I enjoy you're basically going to get a degree but it's just not going to be through a university it's going to be on-the-job training and through other good men that will help you along your way you know the comparison between college and an apprenticeship program is the apprenticeship program you're learning in your hands-on you're out in the field you have the camaraderie with the people you're around you're not in a classroom all day what are you doing about when you're done with high school when you walk away in June where are you going I'm really excited to see where I can go with it and what I can end up as what I'm looking forward to most is becoming a journeyman having that credential being certified in whatever craft that I do choose I hope that I say with white iron looks really fun so I might end up switching the iron who knows construction and welding pipe fitting driving a truck those are great jobs and our economy relies on those jobs it's not just a shovel it's a lot more I mean you'll get trained to do whatever you like to do knowing what's underneath around and then seeing the teamwork between the crafts is an amazing experience must spare time I like to skydive and rock climb I like to do exciting things and as an ironworker daily basis I'm getting to walk on iron 4 inches wide hundreds of feet in the air can be pretty exciting to kind of satisfies that need the Empowered do what you want to do don't let anybody tell you you can't do it we're looking for young people to come in and work hard and work their way up up the ladder you