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What is the best construction for me?

I like build and repairing things. I work well with others, and I am good with instructions #construction .

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Leiá’s Answer

Well Bree you have a few options. You can actually major in Construction Science (mix of architecture and business), Construction Engineering (mix of engineering), or Construction Management. All have the construction bass you enjoy, but will all prepare you with skills to one day be a manager. Hope this helps!

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William’s Answer

Hi Bree,
You have a good start in construction if you like to build and repair things. Knowing your strengths and passions is half the battle. Building on them will be a lifelong experience. Construction is a very broad subject that can take you many different directions and many different opportunities. Keep things simple and go with good instincts that feel right . You will find out what is important to you and develop a passion for a specialized trade. Carpentry, Woodworking, Electrician, HVAC, to name a few. I started out painting walls in peoples homes. The transformation from painting a wall a different color was amazing to me, it looked so much better. It turned out to be a lifelong trade, and I got paid every Friday for it! It was a decent living as far as the money goes. Years go by and just putting a new color on the walls started to get boring. I started to learn about other painting techniques called Faux finishes. Faux is a French term for "fake." The techniques uses sponges and rags to apply colors over other colors. Painting became fun again! I started painting skies on ceilings, columns on walls, faux brick, wood graining, etc.. Painting murals became a passion until I saw a painting of a boy coming out of a painting, it was called, "Escaping Criticism". The artist was Pere Borrell del Caso. I realized I had never painted on a canvas, walls were my canvas. My interest in art evolved from there. I took a mail in course at Pittsburgh Institute of Art. I started to learn how to draw in ink and pencil using shading practices such as, cross hatching, and the light and dark of the pencil. I continue to make a living painting peoples homes and business but also sell my paintings.

William recommends the following next steps:

Find some work in construction and see what trade you enjoy.
There are shop classes in High School to take.
Pursue a college or university degree
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