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Is carpentry the best option

why would carpentry be a good trade or career for someone?
if you were to own a construction business, what would be some of the requirements for your job?
outside of work , what something that interests you

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello Kevine!

If this is something that you are passionate about, is it possible to shadow or assist a carpenter to learn more about the career? I believe that there are programs that you can apply to, and build (or assist to build) outdoor structures like decks etc. it’s a great position, and something to consider.
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Luke’s Answer

Being a carpenter and owning a construction business are two levels of an industry that require different kinds of efforts. If you're a construction business owner that builds timber-based residential homes, then having the technical carpentry knowledge of course would help, but they are two different jobs.

That being said, carpenters are in high demand and it's a trade that is seeing a diminishing workforce so a career in carpentry might be a good idea for some.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello Kevine!

If this is something that you are passionate about, is it possible to shadow or assist a carpenter to learn more about the career? I believe that there are programs that you can apply to, and build (or assist to build) outdoor structures like decks etc. it’s a great position, and something to consider.
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Grace’s Answer

I believe carpentry is more of a skill and if you do it passionately it would really pay and be a good trade for you. You don't do it because you don't have a choice or because that's the only career option you have in mind.
If I owned a construction business, some of the requirements for my job would be for one to be creative, innovative, driven and be a good team member.
Outside of work, reading about the laws governing my country interests me because being ignorant about the law could put you in a lot of trouble.
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Dipti’s Answer

Carpentry is a trade skill, and a lot of the trade skills are in tremendous shortage in the US today. With professional training in a trade like carpentry, you'll have job security and a good reliable paycheck. But like most other jobs it involves a lot of hard work, so the first and foremost point is that you truly enjoy it. If there's a way for you to get an apprenticeship with another carpenter, it would give you a good sense of whether the profession is for you.

Running a construction business involves some level of carpentry, but it involves a lot more - and that really depends what you go into construction for. Infrastructure (eg roads, bridges)? Commercial real estate (eg office buildings, malls)? Housing? They all have very different pros and cons.

Starting with carpentry if you're passionate about it could be a great way to get a stepping stone into construction in general, if that's what you're truly interested in.
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