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So why am I painting such a negative picture? I don’t mean to, but I think it’s important to be realistic during these times. Whatever plan you had is likely off the table. Whether that’s just for now, or forever is up to you. Are you making a new plan?
If you are, I want to take a moment to shout out the trades. Maybe this wasn’t a career path you were thinking of, even a few months ago. But I think they’re worth a look. The trades remain a viable, necessary career path. We need our tradespeople to build our homes, our hospitals, our roads, and a lot more.
Are the trades recession proof? Not entirely — just like everyone else, our crew shut down at the beginning of the pandemic. Our crew is finally starting to get back to work after all our work sites shut down in March. However, certain trades will always be in demand. Even if we’re not able to run a full construction site, professions like plumbers and electricians will still be needed. Our homes still need maintenance, after all!
I was talking to my friend, Shaun Thorson about this, recently. Shaun is the chief executive officer for Skills/Compétences Canada, a program that’s all about promoting the skilled trades as a viable career. It’s something I’ve been involved in for years — and it’s a program that I love, because it makes our young tradespeople feel like absolute rock stars as they take the next steps in their career in the trades. Here’s what he told me about the importance of the trades during our “new normal.”