Perhaps you are about to graduate from high school. Or maybe you are sick of your current job and looking to make a career change. No matter where you find yourself in life, if you are considering becoming an electrician, it is a good idea to ask yourself: “Would I enjoy a career as an electrician?”
So in this week’s blog we decided to discuss some of the aspects of being an electrician to hopefully help people answer the question: “Would I enjoy a career as an electrician?”
To help discover if you would enjoy a career as an electrician, here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do you enjoy working with your hands?
A career as an electrician invariably requires you to work with your hands regularly. Being good at working with your hands is called manual dexterity, and you’ll certainly need it in a career as an electrician! Good hand-eye coordination is also important, so if you play a lot of sports and/or video games, you’ve already been practicing your hand-eye coordination!
Do you want a job that requires physical activity?
Some people do perfectly well spending their days sitting behind a desk. Other people crave a job that requires a certain amount of physical activity. If you lean more towards the desk job direction, perhaps a career as an electrician isn’t the best fit for you. Working as an electrician entails a significant level of physical exertion. In a given day on the job you might be climbing ladders, climbing stairs, digging trenches, using heavy tools, and more. Of course you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to become an electrician, but a certain level of physical fitness is important.
Do you work well with others?
Many times in your career as an electrician you will be required to work with others. You will frequently deal with other electricians, a variety of other skilled tradespeople, as well as clients. While you will also perform tasks and jobs on your own, a career as an electrician often entails working as part of a team. So if you don’t enjoy working with others, a career as an electrician might not be a great fit for you. However, if you thrive in a group setting, it might be a wonderful fit!
Do you want a job that offers security?
This might sound like a silly question, but it is an important thing to think about! Not all jobs offer a significant amount of security but a career as an electrician is fairly secure. Think about all of the things we use in our daily life that depend on electricity: smart phones, televisions, microwaves, lights, traffic signals, computers, and so on. These things are central to modern human existence and our reliance on these things isn’t going anywhere. Neither is the need for skilled tradespeople who can keep the power on. So if you are looking for a job that offers a significant amount of security, becoming an electrician could be a great fit for you!
So if you enjoy working with your hands, being physically active, working as part of a team, and you are looking for a career that offers security, then the answer to the question “Would I enjoy a career as an electrician?” may very well be “YES!”
And if the answer is “YES!” for you, we encourage you to learn more about our San Jose area Electrician training program here at IBT in Santa Clara. In less than a year you can gain the skills you need to start a rewarding career as an electrician. Check out our Electrician program page to find out more, or call us and schedule a visit our campus and speak with an admissions representative.
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