There are a number of reasons why thousands of men and women across Kentucky choose construction as their career. Below are just a few, but if you take the time to talk with a construction professional, you’ll learn that there’s more to construction than what meets the eye.
- Your tangible skills make you a valuable member of the workforce, both immediately and in the long-term.
One of the first benefits people get to enjoy with a career in construction is that once they are trained, they are immediately employable. Unlike other career training, learning a skilled trade allows you to work as soon as you complete your training. This could be as early as after graduating from a high school vocational program or following an apprenticeship. But it doesn’t stop there. These skills are in high-demand job after job after job, and are sure to be for years to come. And, with every project, skilled tradespeople continue to learn, making them more employable and highly valuable members of the workforce throughout their careers.
- You get to use your skills to create immediate, rewarding results.
A career in construction stays incredibly motivating, even in the day-to-day tasks, because of the visible results that come from a good day’s work. At the end of every shift, you can see the tangible proof of your hard work. And, the fact that you completed the work with the support of a skilled team makes it all the more rewarding. On the construction site, each worker’s unique skills complement the others, joining together to create some pretty amazing results. There’s nothing quite like overcoming obstacles on the job site with a group of trusted teammates.
- You are constantly moving while on the job site.
Skilled tradespeople get to enjoy the benefits that come with being active during their shifts. Completing engaging work that requires varying amounts of physical activity is incredibly desirable for many. Not only is it more desirable, it’s also more beneficial for an individual’s health. Studies show that a desk-bound lifestyle wreaks havoc on our health. In fact, some experts say that sitting is worse than smoking. An active career in construction keeps the body healthy and the mind focused, and is much more exciting than sitting in front of a computer for 8+ hours every day.
- Your career moves with you.
In addition to active movement on the job site, your career in construction is sure to be equally as active. There’s no such thing as a standard “9 to 5” in construction. Every jobsite brings about new challenges, and with it, new solutions created by you. With every experience, you discover new ways to work with your hands and your ever-improving skills to get the job done. That means no job stagnation or burnout. Not only does a career in construction grow with you, it can be easily adjusted to meet your future goals and aspirations.
- You have the honor of building the structures your community depends on.
We wrap up our top five list with the “why” behind what we do. A career in construction provides a sense of purpose unlike most other careers, as there is a direct correlation between your good work and the progress of your local community. There’s a certain sense of pride that comes with constructing your community’s structures: you make the roads safe to travel on, create impressive structures that define your community, and build the buildings that house your local schools, hospitals, and more. That is the greatest honor in a construction career.
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