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Confucius said, “Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
While I am sure that everyone reading this loves his or her job, if you are currently operating equipment or working at a jobsite where the temperature is, let’s say 20 degrees, it probably feels like work to you! Likewise, you may think that staring at the computer screen or operating that GPS device every day may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
So how did you come to choose your career path? I know that many talented individuals within diverse roles make up the readership of this blog, but what exactly took you down the career path that you have chosen? Maybe like George Clooney, you started out in construction to pay the bills, but unlike George, never left the industry. 1 George must have loved the industry because one of his first acting roles was that of a construction worker in the movie “Baby Talk.”
Harrison Ford started off as a carpenter and toiled in this role for 15 years before finally making the contacts (through his carpentry network) to make it big in Hollywood. Have any of you ever worked with Whoopi Goldberg? 2 One of her first jobs was a bricklayer before making the transition to the role of a ghost, among others.
While most of you are comfortable in your chosen careers, let’s review some construction-related jobs that, if you so desire, you may be able to transition into. I recently saw a job posting for a position as “Animal Security Detail” on a large jobsite plagued by dangerous snakes and other possibly scary animals. Not your cup of tea? Well the next time you are sitting in the Porta-Potty, think about the person that has to clean and service that lovely piece of equipment.
Do you desire to be a Dogman? While this career now utilizes communication devices to contact the crane operator, in the “old” days this job was one heck of an amusement ride. Lastly, feel free to stand in line to apply for a job as a “Crack Filler.” Yes, you can spend days working by hand using a silicone sealant to fill the cracks on historical monuments and other similar artifacts. Sound fun?
Now that you are all once again happy with your jobs, try and enjoy the cold weather, be safe and feel free to share how you came to choose your career path.