Start a New Career: Tips on Acquiring a Trade

May 4, 2021

As the world begins to reopen, many many new positions are opening up in all kinds of fields. Many are hiring all kinds of tradespeople and you may be seeing these listings but are wondering how you get started and break into the field. Whether you’re just fresh out of high school or looking for a career change, we’re gonna show you some best practices for landing your next in-demand trade position.

Firstly, what makes a trade a trade? A trade position is one that typically requires specialized skills that can be learned on-the-job, through specially training, or vocational classes. Typically these jobs are physically and mentally demanding. And there are dozens upon dozens of positions that are classified as a trade.

To break into your industry, you’ll first want to do some research on the basic qualifications needed for your trade, typically a high school diploma or GED is needed, and while some companies hire entry-level positions others may require special classes or training from their candidates.

If your trade requires certain certifications or classes, consider looking at your local technical college for more information on how to get started with these classes. They typically are short periods of time with a small investment that will give you a leg up in the hiring process and make you a qualified candidate.

Once your course is completed you may want to consider an apprenticeship, which is essentially similar to an internship. During an apprenticeship you’ll work alongside someone who is highly skilled in your trade and will learn tips and tricks from them on how to become a skilled laborer. You typically can find one of these paid opportunities through a local labor union, employment agency, and through your training institution. Apprenticeship can take anywhere from about 1 to 6 years to be completed and when you’re finished you’ll likely be a highly qualified candidate with a lot of knowledge and understanding of your trade.

Once you have an understanding of your trade, you may need your own license to operate, if so you’ll want to seek out this opportunity and do some research on what licensing your trade requires. Sometimes positions will hire you without the license and will pay for you to complete the course, or can have you work under their license, so keep your eyes open to those opportunities and positions as well.

Finally, once you’ve completed the required schooling and training you can consider yourself a journeyman. Being a journeyman suggests that you’ve had experience and all certifications required for your trade and are on your way to being a highly skilled master tradesperson. You typically can become a master tradesperson after about 1 to 5 years of being a journeyman. Becoming a master tradesperson allows you to enter supervisory roles with a higher pay increase.

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