Transitioning From Trade School To Career

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Often overlooked as an option to jump-start a satisfying career in the
Automotive, Manufacturing, Electrical, Construction, or even Information Technology fields, a trade school or apprenticeship is just as important to businesses worldwide now as it was during the industrial revolution, post WWII and roaring 80’s.

Here at Miller-Motte we see the direct coreelation between happy students and happy businesses that enroll and develop within our trade school certification and degree programs, and we think it doesn’t get the visibility it deserves.

So with that in mind, here are some tips to help you prepare for your career after attending a trade school. 

Find A Job Within A Realistic Time Frame

One of your main goals in going back to a trade school is to find a job or build a career related to that industry. Surely you may have already gotten some part-time jobs while you were still attending classes at the trade school but now is the time to get into the professional industry. 

Some people have the wrong notion that they’ll easily get a job right after graduation. Getting a job that quickly isn’t true for all. Surely, the network and connections you built can help but it may still take time. 

Even if it takes some time for you to land that job, you should not give up. Usually, it takes about 6 months to find a job after graduation. In some industries, the length of time may be lesser because of the demand for the positions. Still, it is best to be prepared that it can take a while. 

Manage Your Loans And Create A Budget

Looking for a job can leave you in a tight spot. Make sure you have a budget to work with so you can pay all your expenses and still have a nice shirt for those job interviews. Skip on splurging and reserve that for another day when you’re more financially stable. 

Also, don’t forget about any student loans that you have. Make sure to stay in contact with your provider so you can check if the payment plans work for you. Some loan service providers can provide about 6 months of grace period to give time for their clients to find a job. 

Go For Internships Or Part-Time Jobs

It can take time to land that job that you are targeting but that doesn’t mean that all you have to do is wait. Some companies accept interns or part-time employees. Going for these while waiting or while looking for a permanent job can help out with your budget. 

Plus, it also helps you broaden your connection. Those companies can hire you as a regular employee if you do well on the internship program or the part-time work you’ve done for them. It also helps you build the skills that you can use once you get hired permanently. 

Create An Impressive Professional Resume

Your resume tells a lot about you, what you can do and what you are willing to do to excel in the job you wish to apply to. You shouldn’t lie in a resume to make it professional. Just complete the details and that would be enough. Here are a few tips to consider when making your resume:

  • Include relevant work experience
  • Use industry terminologies correctly
  • Maximum of two pages long
  • Include past projects, training, and certificates
  • Check your spelling and grammar
  • Don’t forget to include references

Try Job Boards For Skilled Trades

One of the things that you should also check for job vacancies is an online job board. Today, many people now use technology and online recruitment to post their vacancies. Although the application can be done online, applicants may still be required for a personal interview. 

It is also possible to increase your chances of finding jobs by specifically going to job boards that are made for the specific skilled trade or industry that you want to build your career in. This greatly helps save time in weeding out unrelated job vacancy posts to what you’re looking for. 

Job Interview Practice

It is also best to be prepared for the job interview. The best way to do that is to focus on the job description they provided, their company values, and the nature of the business that the company offers. 

You can prepare by reading and understanding the job description and also doing a little bit of research about the company. The company will see if you are the best fit for the position so answer truthfully and the best you can. Also, make sure you do a follow-up to let them know that you are highly interested in the position. 

Willingness To Compromise

Landing your first job at the industry you wish to build a career in can take time but sometimes, it may still not be your dream job. More often than not, it is not but you still need that first job to gain some work experience and start your career.

Sometimes, there is a need to compromise so you must be willing to do so. You can build your career and achieve the position you want in the coming years but what’s important today is to get that job and start with your career in the industry. 

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