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Old 08-20-2019, 11:27 AM   #21
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It's a tough hall to try and start at the top without sufficient trade experience without a degree.




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Old 08-20-2019, 11:29 AM   #22
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...The problem is the industry is starving for the tradesmen. The industry is not starving for people with degrees....


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The problem is the industry is starving for the tradesmen. The industry is not starving for people with degrees.


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Old 08-20-2019, 11:39 AM   #24
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My son choose a criminal justice degree specific to his job. If you're going to get a degree it's best to know where you're headed first. My opinion is his degree helped tremendously. Didn't hurt we know the chief. Lol

However when he first applied we didn't talk with the Chief. It wasn't until after his background, physical and mental evaluations were passed.


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The problem is the industry is starving for the tradesmen. The industry is not starving for people with degrees.


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I would disagree.
This guy sounds like a prime candidate to be worked into a commercial superintendent or on site project manager position, or possibly an office based PM position.

Another area that has a whole lot of opportunity is becoming a construction safety expert. No degree required here, just lots of training that just about anyone can acquire. All of the decent sized industrial and commercial firms have at least one safety manager and most any large project will have a full time safety guy on site.
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At DPR we not only had a full time safety superintendent we also did stretching exercises every morning.


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Thanks for the comments amd thoughts. As far as knowledge goes, i feel i am very well rounded in the residential industry, though obviously I learn something new each week. I dont see myself becoming self employeed, more so due to the finiancial means neccassary to start up. I live in knoxville, TN, which is far from an Industrial area for the industrial style of work, leading me more toward commerical or residential.
It seems there is more problem solving/ greater team communication/ moving parts in commerical, which draws me toward that area.
I dont picture myself 30 years down the road as any sort of CFO/ senior executive, and i dont believe im selling myself short either. I like hands on, in the field, seeing the project come to life. I just dont want to be the one using the shovel when im 35, but rather understanding what needs to be done and controlling the construction aspect of it.

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Having a degree will always be used to your advantage and it is a great investment for the years to come. What you do with that degree is entirely up to you. You can get the knowledge you need through the school systems but a more of a hands on approach need to come through you. I would still try to apply to these bigger companies to get your foot in the door while the experience accumulates. Some employers will be willing to give people opportunities, you would just have to prove yourself.
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A degree will never hurt you. Get it done now, while you are young. I went back at 30. It was tough. Life is on full throttle then. My wife is going back now. I was up til 11:00 with her. Doing homework. When I was 24, that would have been nothing. Now, it will set me back for a couple days.

Online is fine. These days, employers don't even care.

Do it. 40 years from now, you won't regret it. For the next 2 years, you will consider quitting. Don't. Tough it out.

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