As a young person graduating from high school, there are an infinite amount of career path opportunities. Continuing your education at a trade school or a light industrial college program may not have been an option mentioned to you during your high school career. As the need for talented and skilled professionals in the blue-collar industry grows, companies are looking for new graduates to help fill these positions. By learning about the various types of opportunities available in this industry, students may be surprised by the immense amount of prosperous jobs that are available in the blue-collar market.
According to an article written by Forbes Magazine, “10 High-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs,” elevator installers and repair technicians can average $73,560 per year. To become a certified elevator technician, typical requirements include a completed apprenticeship program and no additional college education. This and multiple other positions in this industry allow individuals to continue their education outside of the classroom, while learning valuable skills that can help them earn a substantial income. To begin a successful career path in the blue-collar industry, here are some tips!
Learn about the various types of certifications and associate’s degrees offered by your local trade school that are relevant to the current needs in the industry. Welding certificates can be obtained through a two-year program offered at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. An associate’s degree in electro-mechanical technology can also be obtained in two years at Southeast Community College in Milford, NE. Both of these great career advancing options are available locally and offer an opportunity for you to get your foot in the door for these high-demand positions.
Find a good company to work for and start from the ground up. Whether those opportunities are presented as an apprenticeship or an entry-level position in the manufacturing environment, do not be afraid to try something new and start with an entry-level position to learn the job duties and work your way up the pipeline.
Establish a steady work history. When you are starting your career in this industry, or any industry, you want to make sure that you do your research on the companies you are applying for. This research will give you a better understanding of the company’s background and insight into their business. This will help with establishing longevity at companies that you decide to accept job offers from. Keep in mind, nothing can be more damaging to personal success than someone who has had too many different employers over a small amount of time. Do not make rash decisions about leaving an employer without first doing research and finding an employer that you feel could be a permanent opportunity for you.
As you continue to research the countless careers that are available to young graduates, keep in mind to be successful in any industry, you must put in the hard work and make decisions that best fit you. If you love working with your hands and want to break free from the standard desk job, then take a look at the blue-collar industry! There are an enormous amount of professional trades available.
Kimberly graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a specialization in human resources. Immediately following her graduation, she began her career with AurStaff as an Account Manager and was promoted to Operations Manager the following year. She enjoys the fast-paced environment at work and loves the variety of responsibilities that come with her new position.