As we celebrate Independence Day, we at I Build America – Ohio couldn’t help but reflect on all the freedoms we enjoy thanks to a career in the construction industry. We feel so lucky to be able to make a difference in our communities while doing what we love. In addition to the rewarding work, a career as a skilled tradesperson brings countless freedoms, both on and off the job. It’s a freeing lifestyle, unlike any other industry we’ve experienced. Though the complete list of freedoms is endless, we’ve captured our top 3 freedoms found through the construction industry:
Freedom From Debt
Your career in construction can begin without a hefty load of student loans. In fact, most skilled trades positions require learning through working, like an apprenticeship. So not only will you avoid paying for expensive college class credits, you’ll earn as you learn. No other industry sets you up for success like the construction industry. With the leg up it provides you, you’ll be financially prepared for your future. Beyond the initial jumpstart, skilled tradesmen and women see lasting success. The industry is in dire need of skilled laborers, and are paying a premium to fill the gap. When you commit to a career in construction, you can expect to earn more than just a livable wage, leading to financial freedom for life.
Freedom to Build Your Career
Not only will you have the opportunity to earn a great living in the construction industry, choosing to work in a skilled trade allows you to grow professionally unlike a standard 9-5 position. Very few people know exactly what they want to do for a living from first job to retirement. But in a career in construction, you build your career based on your interests and strengths along with any industry shifts. Your daily on-the-job experience helps you hone your skills in real-time, making you more marketable with every action. You literally create your career with diligent dedication and purposeful planning. You don’t have to know what you want to do forever, but consistent, honest hard work will allow you to do anything and be anything.
Freedom to Move
A career is construction will keep you moving, which is not only exciting on a day-to-day basis, but also important for health and longevity. Research shows that when you reduce your time spent sitting, you reduce your chances of getting cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and back pain. It’s no wonder that sitting for extended periods of time, as most Americans do in a standard desk job, is known as “the new smoking.” Aside from everyday movement, a skilled trade can move with you and your family. If you need to relocate for any reason, your experience is easily transferable to another construction company in a new city or state.
Are you ready to enjoy the freedoms construction can bring? Learn more about apprenticeships on our website to set your career up for success. If you’re already a part of the construction industry, we’d love to hear your favorite freedoms that your career has brought you. Tag @ibuildamerica_ohio on Instagram with #MyConstructionFreedom.