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Three questions about construction

I have three questions.

1. How has your career affected your marriage?

2. Do you believe Job Corps is a good use of time?

3. Do you believe someone can get far enough to provide for their family with a job in construction?

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Joe鈥檚 Answer

Hello Calvin

Hope this email finds you well, the answer to your questions are as follows:
career and marriage - as anyone in a happy and stable marriage will tell you, regardless of the career you have there has to be a good balance, you career will always have a high demand but regardless of what you do career wise or field, you always have to provide time to that special someone, and or family, good understanding, time management are key to a good family foundation.
Job Corps - Yes Job corps is a good way to understand and provide a glimpse of any interest field, the job corps provides a large spectrum of opportunities, keep in mind what kind of field / career you are applying, what are the responsibilities and what incumbers, is there any expenses, are those expenses hinder your family or on a personal level? Does it require travel and for how long? Will your family be ok while you are absent? Those are some of the things you might consider thinking and talking about with your family or better half
Construction vs cost of living - the reality is that yes, you can provide for a family in the construction industry, still there are some things to consider like, how labor intensive it is, how much demand in your area is there for construction workers / journey men, is there a specific profession you will apply in the field, (example) if you are an electrician in the construction field you need an education, certification and the proper kills to do the job and yes you could make a decent living, still I highly recommend to do your research and compare your interest with how much they would pay, if you google how much a construction worker makes in your area, or electrician, architect, or any other field involved in construction you'll have a better view of what is best for you and your love ones.
Hope this helps
All the best
Thank you comment icon Thank you Joe this was very helpful Calvin
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Jose鈥檚 Answer

Ok I'm gathering my thoughts, I want to answer these questions in a personal level/advise properly. Now let tackle the first question; well for me personally it has not been a issue ever! Now answering it maybe in the way you want to hear it here it is. Someone's career should not affect no one's marriage quite frankly! Now there might be some concerns however, they should be addressed. Now we are all different my perception of something doesn't mean your going to get the same perception that's why we are individuals. With that being said my wife should not have any issues when it comes to our careers. I did say there can be concerns but that's it and we talk about those concerns and find a resolution to the concern's; that is KEY in determining if there would be any issues in the future. The reason I say no one's marriage should be affected because of my career is because it's our lively hood, that is how we support ourselves and if the wife does not understand that she is the one with the issues not your career! How can she be upset because your doing what your supposed to do in a relationship provide!. If she can't understand that then you need to get her help! How else does she thing your going to provide if you don't have employment? Now to the job Corp. Again these are questions that are answered by the way one perceives things. This one I'll try to keep it nice and simple! Any organization where the objective is to teach is always a good route to take. You see a person in life has to live it continually striving to get ahead! Anything or anyone that can teach me something is always good. Keeping a open mind without tunnel vision, should be how everyone should approach life. To stray away from something that's going to help you in life is cutting themselves short. So to answer your question it's NO! I don't think it's a bad thing. Now to the last question, I believe anyone can get as far as they want in any job not just construction! The key phrase in that sentence is as far as they WANT! This all depends on the person and how much will they have to succeed like I said not just construction but any job. It's like the old saying you get what you put in! There is no reason why anyone should have a problem having success at work. Believing in yourself and continually striving to move up, the success will come. As I stated earlier a person needs to tackle life with a open mind! A close minded person is doing just that CLOSING doors that lead you up, it all comes down to how you perceive things and how you go about life. Now I answered these questions as if I asked these questions so that is the way I would do things I do hope I was able to answer your questions.

Jose recommends the following next steps:

Ask the wife why is my career causing our marriage to be in shambles.
Ask yourself if you go into this job would it affect your marriage? Then make ur decision with that answer in mind.
Explore the net find something you enjoy and try to make that your job.
Thank you comment icon Thank you Jose this was very helpful Calvin
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Frank鈥檚 Answer

Hello Calvin,

Thanks for sharing your questions that can be relevant in today's environment. Generally speaking, a healthy marriage should not affect your career just as an unhealthy relationship may affect your performance at work and thus hinder your career. In the same context, the reverse is true, a demanding and intense profession may also affect your marriage. You need to look at both marriage and career as part of your ecosystem, which means you need to find an healthy balance that works for you, your spouse and fits well with your career aspirations. My situation may not necessarily apply to you and vice versa.
Job corps is a great to get started because of the training and exposure you get. It is a great way for you to be prepared for the real world. Just make sure you do your research to get trained for a vocational skill that has high demand in the market.
As far as a career in construction, as an outsider, I would say it depends on what you are doing in construction. If you have a specific skill and are certified (electrician, plumber, carpenter, HVAC tech etc..), my observations indicate that you should be able to provide for your family. You have to realize that those trade skills are demanded all year long, not just during construction projects. Anyone living in a house or apartment has at one point needed the services of a plumber or electrician for example. In addition, lets say if you work for a construction company full time, you can skill pick up some side jobs from your family and friends and make extra money on the side. However, if you are just a simple worker without a specific trade skill, that can be a little difficult. My advice is to identify a skill in construction, get certified and you will be set.
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Sikawayi鈥檚 Answer

Hello Calvin, this is a great question I'm not a construction worker, but I do have very close family members who are. Now I will say I have personally witnessed troubles within marriages, and this is largely due to money problems. Although construction can be a very lucrative business there is a rainy season were there is no work, this causes financial stress on the relationship. Now to answer your second question, I do believe that helping people i any form or fashion is worthwhile. This will help you build and learn new skills and help you find direction in your life. As for your last question construction works tell me it is best to try and work on government projects because the money is great and you have job security , if there are bad weather days you just have the day off know worry's. Best of luck
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