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The Best Things About Working In Construction

Construction workers will know it goes unsaid that pulling on the boots and the high-vis vest every morning is just about the best feeling in the world.

Not having to sit behind a desk, getting outside and use your hands to create something tangible pretty much trumps any white collar career we can think of. And in most cases, you’ve got a great crew to chat and laugh with while you work your craft.

But please, don’t just take our word for it.

Trade Hounds asked its followers to find out the things you love most about working in the trades.

Early start, early finish:

While the early starts are not everybody’s favorite thing, it does also have it’s benefits. Firstly, you rarely find yourself stuck in traffic when you’re driving to the site at the crack of dawn meaning the commute to work is relatively stress free. An early start also means you’re generally off the site and at home before the white collar office dwellers are peeling themselves away from their computers. 9-6? Give us 5am – 3pm any day! Plus this gives you the afternoon to do whatever fits your lifestyle. Fishing, hunting, cracking a cold one, or taking the kids to the park, we live a full life.

Skills that kill:

As a trade person you are career ready and are up skilling everyday. Whether you’re getting out of the high school vocation or working as an apprentice, you have tangible skills that enable you to start working right away. You come out as a carpenter or plumber ready to work, compared to a college kid with an arts or philosophy degree, who is ready to talk about his feelings and have a deep and meaningful conversation about nothing. As put by our Facebook friend, Brandon, the skills you learn working in construction will keep you an employable and valuable member of the workforce.

Have any others? We’d love to hear them! Comment below with some of your favorite things about working in the industry.

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Keep moving:

The main thing many of our friends loved about being on site? You’re always on the move and have a sense of community. Be honest, who actually wants to sit behind a desk and stare at a computer for 10 hours a day? The ability to move around, lift, while staying social is a huge benefit to being a construction worker. And, if you’re like Hounder Gustavo, the physical side of the job means you don’t have to hit the gym all the time!

Fruit of your labor:

There is no better feeling than being able to walk past a building and say to the person next to you “I helped build that.” As construction workers, we play a valuable part in shaping the very towns we live in. We literally set the foundation for the future. Honestly, this is something we should all be proud of.

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