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Getting A Trade – What You Really Need To Kickstart Your Career

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The last decade or so has seen so much uncertainty. Political and economic upheavals have seen many redundancies. No job is safe. Even though the construction industry has been one of the hardest hit, you might still struggle to find a plumber or an electrician. They’re all busy. That’s right. We will always need someone with the skills, experience, and certification to take on those jobs we just can’t do. So why not join their ranks and find yourself a trade?

Get the right kit

The first thing you need to do is ensure you have the correct equipment to get you started. A basic toolset is the very minimum you’ll get away with. Better quality tools will last you longer than budget instruments too. You don’t have to spend a lot, but you will need to make sure your equipment is as reliable as you intend to be. A good power tool that offers versatility and dependability is worth investing in.

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You’re also going to need a lot of safety wear. Overalls or coveralls are a must. They protect your skin as well as your clothes. They should be fire retardant and offer resistance to minor chemical splashes (handy for the plumber.) Safety goggles are a must as well. Even if you’re not likely to be cutting or handling fine particles, you never know what tight and unpleasant spaces you might have to work in! A hard hat is essential if you plan on working on a construction or building site. Finally, steel toe work boots like the ones at are a must. This permits you to work in most environments safely.

Get the right resume

It doesn’t matter if you’re coming from another career. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming fresh from school. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve never worked in this industry before. What matters is evidence of a willingness to learn new skills and read around the subject. If you have a portfolio of projects that might have some relevance, then add those details too. Have a look at to see how to present it. Talk about the practical tasks and projects you’ve been involved with, no matter how trivial. It will demonstrate a particular way of thinking and problem solving that could be attractive to a potential employer.

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Get the right contacts

You might choose an apprentice route to start your career. You might choose night school and practical training before heading out on your own. You might even find a paid entry-level position with on the job training. None of it is any good to you if you don’t have people already in the industry helping you out. You need someone that could possibly act as a mentor to support your career from the very beginning can help you find the right job quicker. It can give you the confidence you need to work your way up the career ladder. Most importantly, it can give you the assurance you need that you’re getting it right from the start.

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