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Tech to Construction

What is required for such a move? I am in my late 20’s with an undergrad in business. I've been with my current company for 2 years now making an average salary in a technology role. It's not much but I am mostly self-managed and work from home occasionally. I don't really enjoy what I do and think it is time to move on to face challenges and earn more elsewhere.

Part of me over the past few years has been thinking, why not construction? I have around 15 years of exposure in the residential construction industry. I have a keen interest in architectural design, both residential and commercial. It is an industry that sees constant demand and the money can be very good depending on what you do. I am trying to get ideas of what such a career, or even educational path would look like, combining tech. experience with no formal experience or understanding in construction. Any ideas?
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hybrid09 wrote: What is required for such a move? I am in my late 20’s with an undergrad in business. I've been with my current company for 2 years now making an average salary in a technology role. It's not much but I am mostly self-managed and work from home occasionally. I don't really enjoy what I do and think it is time to move on to face challenges and earn more elsewhere.

Part of me over the past few years has been thinking, why not construction? I have around 15 years of exposure in the residential construction industry. I have a keen interest in architectural design, both residential and commercial. It is an industry that sees constant demand and the money can be very good depending on what you do. I am trying to get ideas of what such a career, or even educational path would look like, combining tech. experience with no formal experience or understanding in construction. Any ideas?
I did the jump from University grad into the trades and it's the best thing I have done.

I am my own boss, I choose which jobs to take and when to go on vacation, I negotiate my salary and right now I only work a few months a year and take the rest off. Have a 5 month vacation coming up soon.

Depending on what you goals are, like mine is make 100K+ but after reaching that limit, no need to work and just go on vacation.

Good luck to you!
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tmkf_patryk wrote: I did the jump from University grad into the trades and it's the best thing I have done.

I am my own boss, I choose which jobs to take and when to go on vacation, I negotiate my salary and right now I only work a few months a year and take the rest off. Have a 5 month vacation coming up soon.

Depending on what you goals are, like mine is make 100K+ but after reaching that limit, no need to work and just go on vacation.

Good luck to you!
How did you make the jump and what challenges did you face?
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tmkf_patryk wrote: I did the jump from University grad into the trades and it's the best thing I have done.

I am my own boss, I choose which jobs to take and when to go on vacation, I negotiate my salary and right now I only work a few months a year and take the rest off. Have a 5 month vacation coming up soon.

Depending on what you goals are, like mine is make 100K+ but after reaching that limit, no need to work and just go on vacation.

Good luck to you!
Thanks for the insight. Could you clarify, are you a subcontractor now? How did you get into trades?
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hydewolf wrote: How did you make the jump and what challenges did you face?
Jump was easy. Quit my government job and get an apprenticeship. Only challenge is getting a blue book, it took a while before my boss would sign me up for one. He knew I would quit when I would get it.


hybrid09 wrote: Thanks for the insight. Could you clarify, are you a subcontractor now? How did you get into trades?
Depends on the job and the position I do. Sometimes u contract, sometimes I don't. got into the trades by applying for a job that offered me a blue book down the line
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tmkf_patryk wrote: I did the jump from University grad into the trades and it's the best thing I have done.

I am my own boss, I choose which jobs to take and when to go on vacation, I negotiate my salary and right now I only work a few months a year and take the rest off. Have a 5 month vacation coming up soon.

Depending on what you goals are, like mine is make 100K+ but after reaching that limit, no need to work and just go on vacation.

Good luck to you!
can you elaborate more? what type of construction job you do?
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bigmancanada wrote: can you elaborate more? what type of construction job you do?
I'm in maintenance now, millwright JM. Butworked construction as a millwright as well before at several plants. It's all industrial
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