It really doesn’t matter how much technology advances, there will always be a need for contractors to make sure the job is done right. It’s a good profession to go into and you can learn a lot about business, taking care of a home, working with your hands, working hard and more. If you have recently been hired or are considering a career in construction, there are some things you should know that will improve your chances of doing well.
1. It takes time: You are not going to know how to do everything at once. Even experienced workers who have been doing this for over 30 years are still learning something new. That’s why you need to be patient, listen to instructions and don’t worry about making mistakes as long as they are small. Everyone will make the small mistakes, but if you are careful, you will minimize the damage and learn from them.
2. Don’t try to showoff: If it’s the middle of summer and you see everyone wearing sunscreen, then that’s an indication that you should to. During breaks, sit in the shade and hydrate. This isn’t a time to go walk around and talk on the phone to friends. Always assume that someone teaching you something has far more experience than you do so if they are teaching you something, be sure to listen.
3. Experience beats creativity: We’ve mentioned experience multiple times because it cannot be understated. You cannot learn everything overnight and it doesn’t matter how smart you are, there are certain ways of doing things that ensure it’s done correctly and safely. Rushing or shortcuts not only create problems but can lead to big mistakes.
4. Don’t hesitate to learn: If you meet a crane rental operator, chances are they weren’t planning to have that job when they were a teenager. They probably started where you are right now and they kept their ears open, absorbing everything that was taught to them. Eventually, combined with a good understanding of mechanics, they decided to try a career in cranes. You never know what opportunities will come your way and there are so many things you can do in this field. Be ready to learn something every day.
5. Hard work goes far: The only reputation you should care about is that you are a hard worker. If you are cautions, putting safety first, but you also work hard and are reliable, you will always have a place on someone’s crew or even one day run your own. Take advantage of your breaks but remember, if everyone else is working then you should too.
Making safety a priority, patience, willingness to learn and a good work ethic are all you need to make your career in construction a success.