As one of the thousands of college graduates preparing to receive your diplomas and later join the workforce, you could be facing an economy that has a high unemployment rate. You could be facing increased competition for the jobs available. The mounting debts that you must have taken for covering your college expenses must be bothering you.
On the other hand, you may have a friend who opted not to attend college and has spent the past four years honing his/her workplace skills and making money. Unlike your case, your friend may not be burdened by mounting debts. The decision of not going to college may not go down well with your parents, but it gives rise to a serious question which requires much thought – Will it be worth going to college for the four-year degree course?
If you are interested in the good, old-fashioned manual labor in which there is always shortage of new hands, you can always go in for it. Youwill have great scope for earning a good amount of money every working hour daily. Some of the most popular and highly paying manual labor professions are that of carpenter, plumber, welder, electrician, painter, tile setter, landscape company owner, excavator, house builder and mechanic.
A plumber has to fit, service and repair the hot and cold water systems as well as the heating systems in homes and businesses. He has to work with gas fires and cookers. This is the career to opt for if you are the person who gets easily bored with the daily 9-to-6 job and want a stimulating career. This career makes good use of your various practical skills. You should have the requisite ability to follow the technical plans and understand the importance of health and safety. Additionally, you require good customer care skills.
To become a professional plumber, you need to be appropriately qualified by completing the training that is industry recognized and later get accredited by the awarding bodies such as City&Guilds, EAL and BPEC. The training courses that you can opt for are:
- Professional plumbing course
- Part L energy efficiency
- Water Regulations 1999
An electrician fits and repairs electrical circuits and wiring systems in residences and offices. He/she installs and maintains electrical equipment, machinery and instruments. You should be well organized and understand the importance of safety regulations. To qualify for the career of an electrician, you should train in the industry-recognized courses and be accredited with EAL and City&Guilds. The various training courses that you can opt for are:
- Intensive 4-week electrical training course
- 17th edition wiring regulations course
- Domestic Installer Part P Award
- Periodic Inspection and Condition Reporting
- Initial inspection and testing of initial installations
Gas mechanic or Gas Service Technician
A gas service technician installs services and repairs gas appliances and heating systems. These include gas fires, cookers and boilers. He/she installs, repairs and services central heating and shower units. To become a gas mechanic, you need to be good at solving problems and have good attitude towards science and math. You need to have good customer care skills.
To begin your career as a gas service technician, you need to be trained and qualified in courses that are recognized by the industry. You need your skills as well as knowledge to be assessed through the ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme) and then gain entry into Gas Safe Register. Some of the courses that you can opt for are:
- Level 3 Central Heating and Gas Installers Course
- ACS Gas Training and Assessment
- Gas Foundation for Plumbers
Now that you understand the different career options, you can select the best one for your own future.