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what does a typical work day look like for a carpenter

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Joey’s Answer

Prior to my current career in sales I got to work as an apprentice carpenter for a number of years. A typical day really depends on the type of carpenter that you are and what you actually specialise in, it could be a variety of carpentry roles for example:

Working in a workshop assembling furniture or house hold appliances and infrastructure, to working on building sites.
There are also various different crafting and wood working you can specialise in.

I personally worked in renovation projects and it involved removing old interiors from homes where it needed to be replaced. So a typical day could be hanging some doors in a home to putting in a staircase or what we would called "second fixing" or snagging a home.

There is a large demand for carpenters in new property developments as they require people who can manage this type of work.

It is a very demanding job and it involves working to very tight deadlines and not typically a "9 to 5" job. A lot of extra hours go in to getting supplies from different suppliers and ensuring they get to the site you are working on, in time. It's a very rewarding career nonetheless and benefits are great because most carpenters work for themselves and can decide on what projects to work on or to get involved in. You also get to work outdoors and with your hands. So if physicality is your thing, then this could be a career that's the right fit.





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Jill’s Answer

Hi Kyra,
While I'm not a carpenter myself, I am a carpenter's daughter. Carpenters work very hard every day with their hands. It is a physically demanding job but very rewarding because you can see the results of your hard work as the construction job progress through the phases to completion. A carpenter also needs to have good people skills to manage relationships with sub-contractors, clients, architects, building suppliers, etc. Carpenters also must work in extreme heat and cold. It is a fulfilling career for those that are creative and want to work hard.
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