When you think of the trades, you may still imagine a cadre of men tromping around in overalls and tool belts. To a certain extent, that’s true: women still make up only 2 percent of the trade workforce in Australia.
Not all employment opportunities stem from supply and demand, but many will come from change. Career shifts, moves, babies being born, the decision to travel or to study, these changes have people leaving their jobs and creating openings for others. Every year, over 1 million Australians are making a job change, with over half of those changes being to another career or industry.
A four-year college education has become the norm for many young people, but does that mean it’s the best plan? Consider this: sending our kids into a changing workforce where the only common thread is an astronomical level of student debt isn’t saving them from a minimum-wage job. Entering the trades instead is a savvy choice--and here’s why:
One thing is certain. Change is coming, and it’s coming fast. Yes, in fact, according to Hollywood films from the 80s, the future as we foresaw it should have been here long ago. Now that it’s here, however, can the job market keep up with the pace? Can employees outrun their employers?
If you’re looking to land your next contract, you may be taken aback by the apparent unimportance of your experience, skills, and reputation. This doesn’t mean you aren’t equipped for the role. It just shows that you need to improve your CV to better market yourself.
You found a dream job online, you apply for the job, the company likes your application and calls you in for an interview, all is going well and you are pretty impressed with the way you are handling yourself, then the interviewer throws you the dreaded “ do you have any questions you would like to ask me” question and suddenly all is uncomfortably silent whilst thoughts go through your head ‘ask something smart ask something smart’ and out of your mouth comes “ ummm are there any good places to eat nearby?” Although it is great knowledge to know what premises nearby suit your dietary requirements there are more pressing questions you should ask.
Odd jobs serve many purposes. Whether you are trying to fill a financial short fall, produce income whilst having time for the kids, saving money for a holiday/rainy day or paying for study fees, little ways to earn extra cash exist all around us.
With the exception of the few people who spend their entire lives in the same home, almost everyone eventually needs a removalist. For those whose moment of need has yet to pass, here's a refresher: removalists transport your furniture and other belongings to your new home. A removalist is as indispensable to moving a home as a carpenter is to building it.