Jobs in construction need young, able-bodied personnel -- no degree required.
While it is true that education creates opportunities, traditional academic routes have experienced a severe detour since the market crash of 2008. The impediments caused by the recession prevented new college graduates from finding well-paying jobs that would allow them to pay off crippling student loan debt.
After witnessing the struggles Millennials endured by sticking to the traditional academic pursuit of a four-year degree, the newest group to enter adulthood, Gen Z, is rewriting the narrative on carving out a career, and many of these paths involve skilled construction work.
Instead of spending four years and thousands of dollars on tuition and textbooks, as well as room and board, then having to find a job that can pay off the looming debt, many Gen Zers are forgoing a four-year degree and turning towards jobs in trade to fill these much-needed (and often high-paying) positions.
Construction is one such industry that needs skilled workers and offers a variety of positions that allow you to choose your role, both indoors and out. From heavy equipment operation to drafting blueprints, there is something for everyone. Specialized educational tracks paired with on-the-job learning propels students into a well-paying career in a fraction of the time that a traditional four-year degree takes.
Gen Zers are the most technologically-inclined, globally-connected, and culturally-aware group of individuals and consist of 25 percent of the population. If a majority of this group were to consider pursuing a career in construction, it would mean that infrastructure, new buildings, and renovation projects would be completed more quickly while staying in the loop of today's construction needs and industry trends.
With youth as an advantage, these kids can only expect to go far.
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