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?
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
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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.