Career Advice: Home Improvement Industry

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Career

Career Advice: Home Improvement Industry

It is a fact that every industry has a true and tested ways of jump starting a career – be it engineering, architecture, or accounting. Countless of career advises and resources are readily available for those looking for it. But, it is seldom to find career advise on professions related to the home improvement industry. It is a less talked-about industry as the professions related to this path does not require the same college education, degree, or training. If you are interested in flourishing in this industry, you are on the right page as this article will help break down the basics on how to make a career and be successful in the home improvement scene.



Trade School and Apprenticeship Program. The first thing you have to do to become a plumber is to find a good trade school that offers the program. Once you have taken the necessary courses and have acquired the necessary skills to become a plumber, you would need to find a company that will allow you to practice your set of skills as an apprentice. After completing the necessary hours for your apprenticeship, a Master Plumber and two other certified plumbers can then state in a writing that you have undergone such apprenticeship program and that you are eligible to take the state test. Once you pass the test, you will achieve the Journeyman Plumber certificate which allows you to work on your own. Otherwise, you will need to work with a Master Plumber at all times.

Necessary Skills and Characteristics. If you are able to spatially visualize how plumbing works and if you are really interested on being a plumber, then you have the minimum requirement to become successful in this field. However, you should also have the aptitude and interest in physics and algebra because plumbing is not just about pipes and water.

Union Vs. Non-Union. You have to decide first hand whether you want to be part of a union or not. Determine which group is best suited for you as you weigh the benefits and disadvantages of each.



Must Love Math and Physics. If you are leaning towards becoming an electrician, it is a necessary that you are interested in Mathematics and Physics. This field requires different mathematical calculations and logical thinking as a minimum. Those useless Math problems in grade school will not make sense as you find your way into this field. However, if after those years you still did not develop any interest in these two subjects, then this field will not be suitable for you.

Your Career Goals. What is it that you want to achieve? Becoming an electrician actually offers you different career opportunities. You can stay as a laborer as long as you want, but you can also choose to advance your career in this field and become a field supervisor. In addition, if you have all the things needed to open up a business, you can open your own electrical company for commercial or residential establishments.



Find A Mentor. There are a lot of interior decorators who have years of experience under their belt who can teach you the ins and outs of the trade. If you think that it would be impossible to find a mentor in this industry, you would be surprised! There are a lot of interior decorators who are very willing to take a mentee as having one would also help expand their teaching and social skills.

Hold Your Horses. It is a must that you don’t get too excited as you start your career in this industry. Wait for your first client booking before you buy that inventory. It is a must that you understand that establishing rapport with clients in this field will take time. It would also take time for you to find your first client and cash your first check. Patience is key!

Educate Yourself. Having a mentor in this industry is a big advantage as most of the things you need to learn can be spoon fed to you. However, it is also important that you learn things your own way. As a designer, you have your own taste and style. Learning different styles on your own would help you develop your own trademark in the industry.



Be Prepared for the Cost. It is expensive to become a realtor. It is for this reason that you are advised to prepare pockets and bank accounts for spending. In your first year as a realtor, you should be ready to encounter and pay different fees such as association fees, “desk fees”, health insurance, E&O insurance, and others. You also need to be on the upper end of technology so you can keep up and keep in touch with your clients as well as the market goings (in and out).

It’s Not All About Sales. It is important that you know that keeping your customers is more important that making a sale. In marketing, there is a philosophy that is widely practiced in successful companies in different industries – that a happy customer is the best marketer. So, if you are able to make your current and previous customers happy, then selling your expertise and selling a house will be easy for you.

Be A Therapist. You will meet a lot of people in this industry. It is a must that you are able to adjust to their needs in order to appeal to them, especially for first-time buyers. These buyers often go through a lot of emotional, mental, and physical stress as they try to look for their first homes. If you are dealing with such client, be prepared to appeal to their personalities by throwing in some coaching, therapy, and sugar-coating.

Chose Your Broker. If you are going for a broker, then by all means choose the one that is most popular. Always choose what is best for you. A bigger and more popular broker offers a wide network of clients and opportunities. However, choosing which broker you go with is really up to you. Just make sure you way the pros and cons of being in a big one or a small one.

Don’t Burn Bridges. This applies to other agents in the industry. No matter how annoying or demanding, rude, pushy or insulting one agent is, it is a must that you don’t sever that bridge between you and that agent. Keep that courteous smile on your face. In time, you will need that particular agent’s assistance and you would be glad that the bridge between you and that agent is still intact.

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Career Guide: Becoming An Electrician

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Career

Career Guide: Becoming An Electrician

If you are in the stage of your professional life where you are feeling static and unprogressive, then considering a career change may be something that you should be thinking about. One of the many careers that you might want to consider is working as an electrician, especially when you are technically inclined. This career is not for the faint-hearted, though. It needs determination. It is a very challenging profession, but it is also rewarding.

A career in this field means working at a minimum of $40 per hour rate. Not bad, right? If you would work a regular eight hours per day for five days a week, you have the potential of earning at least $76,000 per annum. You can say that this profession is lucrative because it is. However, starting this kind of career is not that easy. Certified electricians go through over one hundred hours of classroom instruction, and are required to have eight thousand hours of apprenticeship or on-the-job training. If you are willing to go through this, then this profession would be very lucrative for you once you have the qualifications.

So, what do you have to go through in order to get certified?

Before you start looking for schools that would help you get certified in this field, you have to know what the job entails. Do you really know the risks associated with the job? Do you really know what an electrician do besides installing the wirings in your house? An electrician does more than just install wiring in new houses. Their job varies from situation to situation and from institution to institution. Some will be called to repair electrical power. Some will be called to survey for any electrical malfunction in factories, homes, businesses or schools. Some would be asked to climb up a pole to repair the big fuse box that emits over 10,000V of electricity using the different specialized equipment. As you can see, it is not a very easy job. If you know someone working in this field, you might want to talk to them to have a better grasp of what the job is all about. Ask for the risks, but also ask for the benefits.

One of the many traits that electricians have, and you must have in order to be effective at this job, is being detail oriented. This is a must for electricians because one mistake could cost one’s life. You must also be flexible and have a knack for using small tools and equipment. This job requires the kind of precision that other jobs may not require. If you have these traits, then having a job at this field would fit like a glove for you. All you have to do to get certified is get your high school diploma or GED for starters. Once you have this, you will be ready to attend a vocation school or a trade school to prepare for an apprenticeship program.


Basically, all you need to do to get certified are the following:

  1. Get your high school diploma or GED.
  2. Enroll in a trade or vocational school that offers Electrical Engineering courses. This will help you prepare for apprenticeship.
  3. Get 8000 hours of apprenticeship
  4. Pass the National Electrical Code.


The four steps mentioned above are the most basic steps that one has to go through in order to get certified as a professional and licensed electrician. However, once you get your license, you would have to make sure that you stay current and continue learning and updating your skills as an electrician. The learning process does not stop after acquiring your license. Learning is a never-ending process. Thus, you will find yourself sitting in many classes in the coming future after earning your license.

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