So you want to be a tradesperson? It’s a promising option for many, especially those who can’t see themselves sitting behind a desk doing the 9-5 for the rest of their lives. But it’s not a walk in the park either, as it can involve heavy machinery, long hours and a whole lot of learning. Here are just a few things you might want to know before starting off:
- The hours will be long: Tradespeople are often the first people out of bed, besides airport workers. And working as an apprentice, which is probably how you’ll start off, you may be working up to 12-hour days or more. Of course, that’s not a guarantee, but don’t expect sensible hours. Carefully consider if you can handle the exhaustion.
- You’ll be an apprentice for a while: This is common tradesman knowledge; that you’ll be working under an experienced mentor, probably for a number of years. To nail the stereotype, this likely means you’ll be getting the less popular jobs, and working for longer, with less pay. It’s a period all tradespeople have to endure, and you should come out on the other end with knowledge and an idea of where you want to work- not to mention a stronger character. So before you grab your aluminium accessories and take on the world, be aware that it could be a while before this happens.
- The Boredom: An unwritten tradesman rule is that the boring jobs pay better. There are countless trades to learn, some more fun than others, but you have to pick that one that’s right for you, not just whatever pays the most for the least work. Mining, for example, is one of the most boring jobs around , but also one of the best payed. But the ‘fun’ factor is no reason for choosing a job either. Remember, this choice has lifelong consequences. Pick something you could do for years afterwards.
- The Physical Side: We’re not saying these experts all have hazardous jobs where they risk life and limb every day. But they can be exhausting, dirty, disgusting and even dangerous. It’s the polar opposite of a desk job, and can involve some pretty unpleasant situations, not to mention the heavy machinery that can very easily put you in the hospital if you’re not careful. Be aware of the risks!
If you’re fully aware of these, by all means go ahead. Grab the best aluminium toolbox Melbourne has to offer, fill it with whatever you need and start your life as a tradie.
Just as long as you’re sure it’s the right career path for you!