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How can I build a career as a tradesman?

To develop a career in any field, you must make several key decisions, set off down a path, and then stay on that course. Trade Up exists to help you be informed about how to develop a career in the construction trades through labor Unions.

To develop a career in any field, you must make several key decisions, set off down a path, and then stay on that course. Trade Up exists to help you be informed about how to develop a career in the construction trades through labor Unions.

In simple terms, the first decision you must make to build a career in the trades is to decide which trade profession you want to enter. Visit the Career Explorer section of this website to learn more about the different trade professions and the kind of projects they complete.

Once you have discovered a professional path that appeals to you, enlist in an apprenticeship program for that trade to begin your skills training. You can start the process by clicking on the "Trade Up Now" button at the top right of any page in this website. A Trade Up counselor will answer any questions you may have about the enlistment process and also connect you with a representative from the profession you are interested in.

After you begin your professional training and education, you are an apprentice, and you will study and work closely with mentors for 4 or 5 years to develop a skill set that assures you are competent and confident working on any project in your field.

Having completed your training, you then become a Journeyman. You have studied and worked long enough now that you are ready to begin assuming more responsibility in projects you work on. Your good work ethic and your sharpened skills now allow you to be more selective about the projects you take.

As a Union Journeyman, you will continue to develop your skills through annual coursework, but you will have opportunities to learn more about leadership, project management, and business management as well, which can all contribute to your overall value as an employee in the workplace.

Meanwhile, throughout your entire involvement in your profession- as an apprentice and a Journeyman- you will have been contributing to a pension which will provide you with income when you retire.

A strong career is built day by day, step by step, as you apply yourself to your chosen profession. By building your career in the construction trades, you will find yourself surrounded by rich opportunities and rewards as you practice your profession.

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