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Who Says It’s Not a “Real” Career?

February 1st, 2018

In North America, our population is shrinking and the effects of labor shortages are already playing themselves out in many places and industries. This is especially true in the field of skilled trades such as construction, electricians, plumbers, and similar types of fields.

High Oranges makes up large numbers of employees in these fields. They’re hands-on jobs, often outdoors, every day is a little different, they can often work as hard or as long as they choose, stay active, do something physical, and have a fair amount of freedom in these careers. And now the money is starting to really become attractive. In many cities, skilled trades people can make well over $100,000, which is some serious money.

But in a number of studies over the last two years for the Skilled Trades Association the largest group of youth have a mindset that these are “just jobs,” and not careers, and that trades people aren’t respected or creative thinkers.

While the survey results might be accurate, that mindset certainly isn’t. But then we have to remember that the majority of people aren’t high Orange and respond to surveys only through the eyes, judgments and mindset of their Colors.

Right now, an ever-increasing number of people are choosing the skilled trades work over office jobs. In the words of Beverlie Cook, project manager for the Skilled Trades promotional campaign in Maclean’s magazine: “There are many young people for whom a desk is death, who want to be out and using both hands and their head – and find satisfaction in making ideas come to life.”

The big downside is that Ms. Cook, most companies, apprenticeship programs, the school system (which sees many high Orange drop out after grade 10 or 11), and most parents don’t understand personality types, or the group of 15-19 year olds that they’re attempting to target. Just like it’s important to be nice to the high Greens we labeled “nerds” in high school, it’s becoming just as important to be nice to the high Orange who we’ll need badly to build or fix anything and everything for us.

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