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Not long ago, most people thought that all you needed to be a skilled trades person the know-how and a strong back, but the perception is shifting. Everything you look at has been created by someone in the trades, so shouldn't tradespeople get a little more respect? It takes more than the ability to use some tools — Do you have what it takes to join the skilled trades?
As with anything, you have to have passion for what you do. If you don't have passion for your career, people (including your clients and employers) will notice. And if there's no passion, there is no respect. What if there's no respect, you will quickly find yourself resenting your career choice.
We will be honest, a career in the trades isn't always easy. It requires intensive hands-on training, long hours and little room for error. The stakes are high and if you aren't at the top of your game every day, something could go wrong, and someone could get hurt. As a gas technician, you will be working with natural gas and that can be dangerous if not properly handled. You have to take your job seriously, because people can get hurt if you don't.
You need the right skills to do a job correctly and safely. Getting the right education, investing in your skills and honing your abilities will not only help you get the rewarding career you've been dreaming of, but will make sure you do each job right the first time. Not only that, to work as a gas technician, a license is required by law.
The Right Attitude
As I said above, working in the skilled trades is tough work. Expectations are high and having the right attitude will help you. No matter how hard you have to work to gain the respect you deserve, it is worth it. And it's even harder for women in the trades. Sometimes, women have to work twice as hard to get the same respect as the men they work with. It's not fair, but in the end, it makes women better in the workforce – they raise the bar. And don't be discouraged if you get some criticism on the job. Don't take things personally, it will all make you a better trades person.
When everything comes together, ultimately the main goal is to be safe. Be aware of your surroundings, know which equipment you need and know how to use it properly. Every job, big and small, deserves the same attention to detail to stay safe. It's not just about making sure things work, they need to work safely.
Think you have what it takes to join the skilled trades? Check out our upcoming courses and then read our Career Guide to find out what jobs are waiting for you.