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Overcoming Obstacles to Pursuing a Career in the Skilled Trades

Posted by Brad Dixon



When people are considering a career path, there are always reasons not to do something. Figuring out what you want to do and what you like to do isn't the hard part. If working in the skilled trades is something that you would enjoy, you probably already have an idea that that's the career for you. The problem is overcoming the obstacles to get there. What is holding you back from pursuing a career in the skilled trades?


You may not want to admit it, but fear could be holding you back. If you are already working in a career that isn't fulfilling, you may have a fear of leaving that job to pursue something you are more interested it. If you think you would love to work with your hands as a gas technician, for example, don't be afraid to make the leap.

When you find the right skilled trades training, the decision can be easier than you expect. Finding a course that fits your schedule, be it full-time or part-time and allows you to train and enter the workforce quickly is the key to making a change that is nothing to be afraid of.


If you are considering leaving your current job to get a skilled trades education, finding the time to do so can seem impossible. You may not be able to quit your job without your new career lined up (requiring the completion of your training), or you may have other obligations that take up a significant amount of time.

Getting skilled trades training doesn't have to have a Monday to Friday schedule. Consider night courses if you can't attend classes during the day. There are options available that will have you educated in a matter of months in a schedule that can work for you.


One of the biggest deterrents for those considering a second career or even a training to work in the skilled trades to begin with is the cost associated with the necessary education. Talk to your private career college to find out if they offer any payment plans to make it easier. There are also a number of financial aid opportunities available (click here to learn more) that will help fund the education you need for the career you want.


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Topics: Trade School, Funding, Night School, Skilled Trades