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Move Up and Around in Construction

Have you ever been stuck?  Maybe you got trapped in traffic or spent way too long line at the grocery store.   Getting stuck isn’t a great feeling. You want to get somewhere else, but simply can’t seem to move.  Being stuck isn’t just a physical thing, either. You can be mentally trapped or stuck in …

Construction Careers Lead to Financial Stability

Money doesn’t buy happiness.  But a lack of money can sure cause a lot of extra stress and problems.  Reaching a stable financial situation is a priority for most people. But while it is a major goal, few are achieving it: Only 35 percent of employees in the U.S. feel satisfied with their financial situation.  Salaries that are too …

Safety Standards: What Do They Look Like in Construction?

Raise your hand if you’ve seen the life-defying, iconic photos of a construction worker sitting on a beam hundreds of feet in the air. While a thrilling and often aesthetic image, many parents would say “absolutely not” in regard to their children doing something similar. Having done everything you can to keep your child safe up to this point, …

Anyone Can Find Their Perfect Craft Profession

Some people are natural artists. They have creative minds and a desire to make something beautiful to enrich the world around us.  Others are analytical thinkers. They love math, science and all the numbers and careful planning that go into those fields.  We all have different interests, skills and aptitudes. These differences make us all …

Is a Four-Year Degree Always the Right Choice for Students?

Have you ever wondered if a four-year degree is the right educational path for your children?  In recent years, public opinion has pushed for more people to go to college. Young students are told that a bachelor’s degree or even further education is the only way to stand out and get a successful job.  As …

Not Just for Boys — Construction Offers Opportunities for Girls

It’s not your father’s industry anymore. With women succeeding in the field, from interns to owners, construction is diversifying.    As you consider the career options that are available in construction, you may think, that’s great for my son, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for my daughter, right? Nope. Women in construction are thriving and there’s definitely …

What Will Happen When the Baby Boomers Retire?

The Baby Boomer generation saw a massive growth in the U.S. population. Along with it came the expansion of the labor force and the economy as a whole.  Growth is what sustains an economy. The advent of the Boomers coincided with the Golden Age of the United States, a period of prosperity and relative peace following …

In Demand: Skilled Craft Positions are Hardest Roles to Fill

It’s always exciting when our children show interest in their future career options.  But we know that all careers are not created equal.   Some career fields have a high demand. Other areas are oversaturated, with too many people and not enough jobs to go around.  Young people should be encouraged to pursue their passions and interests. It’s …

Mind the Gap: Why the Skills Gap in Construction is a Critical Issue

 “Skills to pay the bills.”  It’s a fun, common refrain we use to illustrate the basic process of work: We use our training and talents to complete tasks that employers pay us to do.  But more and more in our society, the skills that pay the bills aren’t being learned.   Companies need talented employees to …


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