In the 90s and early 00s, everything was about the business world. Dream jobs then were those in which you sat in an office with a computer and made millions. Those jobs were not terribly difficult to come by. Today’s youth have those same notions of where the good jobs are, but nowhere near the same success in finding them. It’s time young people looked outside the white collar box when it comes to landing a steady, good paying job.
Blue collar jobs are in fact what some young men ought to aspire to, just like they aspire to be a lawyer or banker. I’m not trying to convince you that blue collar jobs are better, but that they are simply on par with office jobs by nearly every measurable factor in terms of what makes a career a “good” one. That’s the stereotype that most needs breaking — that careers on trade jobs Christchurch are beneath white collar ones and less desirable. The simple reality is that they aren’t, and here are 5 good reasons why:
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Trade School: Cheaper & Shorter
One of the biggest benefits to working on skilled trade jobs Christchurch is the education required. While there are many positives to going to 4 years of school for a bachelor’s degree, there are also a few big negatives, including cost. As for trade jobs Christchurch, the vast majority of training programs required will usually and most likely cost just over $30,000. Even if that cost is entirely financed by student loans, you’re looking at a total of $40,000, which is still a savings of at least $110k!
One final factor is simply that some 18-year-olds aren’t ready for a college environment. You’re thrown off the cliff from your warm and comfortable home life into total independence. It’s not an easy transition for anyone; in fact, about 40% of all undergrad enrollees will drop out before earning a degree.
Compensation: Trades Jobs Are Well-Paying
Even those who are concerned about the hefty price tag of college still feel that while the cost may be high, it’s always worth it, since it will increase their lifetime earnings potential.
This worry over compensation definitely looms large in holding teenagers back from considering trades jobs Christchurch. And while money is not the most salient factor in determining a career, it is certainly important. The assumption is that the income ceiling is higher for white collar work than it is for blue collar.
If we look at averages though which can be checked out on some trade jobs Christchurch ads from boards like Reliance Recruitment, which is where most of us are and will be in terms of our career, the paychecks for trades are either at or above other careers.
Now, could those numbers be skewed, especially on the low-end, by workers who only have a high school education? Absolutely. Trade jobs Christchurch available on niche boards like Reliance recruitment can offer a salary ranging from $35,000 to $80,000 depending on the task like aircraft mechanic, machine mechanic, driver, electrician, machinist, painter, installers, etc.
But these are just basic salaries for trade jobs Christchurch.
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Job Security: The Skilled Trades Can’t Be Outsourced
Compensation is important, but only the third most important factor in overall job satisfaction. The first is actually “opportunity to use skills and abilities” (more on that below) and the second is job security. So while pay for trade jobs Christchurch may be commensurate with white collar work, for some, these other factors will boost this type of work ahead of occupying a cubicle.
In our new economy, complete job security just doesn’t exist. Anything can happen to any company, and you can be let go. But some jobs are a lot more secure than others. With the good economy of our country, applicants can find security over the trade jobs Christchurch which they can scout from Reliance Recruitment.
Availability: There Are Plenty of Jobs For the Taking
Trades jobs Christchurch available on boards like Reliance Recruitment are not only very secure, there’s a whole lot of openings for them as well.
For the blue collar worker, there are jobs to be had. They may not be in your city of choice, but that’s a reality faced by much more than just tradesmen. Certain industries flock to certain geographical regions so to be successful you may have to move. Rest assured, all over the country, the skilled tradesman is in demand.
Intangibles: The Satisfaction of Blue Collar Work
Above, I mentioned that the number one factor in overall job satisfaction is being able to use your skills and abilities.
Do you want to spend 40 years of your life bored and dissatisfied for most of your day? Obviously not. But that’s what most people feel at work, with highly educated people actually being more likely to be disengaged with their workplace. While boredom can obviously happen at any job, the tradesman who’s working with his hands all day simply has less opportunity for disengagement, as boredom at work often happens when there just isn’t enough to do. Idleness is not often a problem for the blue collar man.
Other intangibles to be mentioned are things like autonomy at work and work/life balance. In an age where most people’s jobs are accessible by internet and smartphone, disconnecting from work is hard to do. You see emails come in at night, and you respond almost without thinking about it. You hop on the computer for a second, and it turns into an hour or two of work because it’s right there, and seems urgent. You become a slave to email, and to your higher-ups, even if that’s not the intention. When you work with your hands, you can come home at night and actually disconnect from your job.
One final factor is simply the satisfaction that can come from doing something tangible and concrete with your time. Fixing things, building things, seeing the actual, physical fruit of your labor; this is often far more personally fulfilling than spending 8 hours on an excel spreadsheet.
When we’re weighing which types of jobs to apply for on boards like Reliance Recruitment, or even which to accept from multiple offers should we be so lucky, the differentiators often come down to benefits. Pay, job security, balance, work environment, etc. For too long the skilled trades have been neglected as not having any benefits. Thankfully, the tide is turning, and people are starting to see that blue collar work offers some real advantages over white collar work.