Some people are content with sitting in an office at a desk all day but everybody has their own style of working and a lot of us just don’t suit that type of job. If you’re the kind of person who would rather be doing something more practical, you’ll drive yourself mad sitting on a computer all day long, doing the same thing over and over. While that might be ideal for some people, for you it’s a dead end job.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend the rest of your life doing something that you find boring. There are plenty of great jobs out there that you’d be far more suited to. These, I think are the best career choices for people who like to work with their hands.
Some people have great hobbies that also make them a living!
Becoming a tradesman is one of the best career paths for people that enjoy practical work. There are a lot of different options for you here: becoming a carpenter, electrician or plumber are the main 3. Carpenters are responsible for building furniture, installing any wooden fixtures around the house (doors, windows, skirting boards etc.).
You’ll need basic maths skills if you’re going to succeed as a carpenter because there is a lot of measuring and angles involved. You might be better suited to becoming an electrician if you enjoy more technical things and if you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Plumbing is a good choice as well. The best thing about becoming a tradesman is that you can work for yourself. There’s nothing like being your own boss!
You’ll have to attend college for a year or two or find an apprenticeship to get qualified. After that, it’s probably best to work for an existing company for a while because there is a lot more to learn on the job. But once you’re a bit more experienced, you can start your own business and work for yourself. There is a lot of money to be made as a tradesman if you’re good enough.
Engineering is one of the most popular courses at universities right now because there are some great career opportunities there and they pay incredibly well. One route is to get an engineering degree and then move into the industry from there, but there are other roles that are still hands on but aren’t direct engineering jobs. You can get an MBA with an engineering focus which will help you get higher level jobs in the engineering industry. It’s still a practical job but you’ll be in the supervisory role, managing a team of engineers.
Do you fancy that? Is that something you would like to do? Of course, it makes sense to think of what you would be happy to get out of bed for every morning!
Being a chef is an incredibly active hands-on job. You’ll spend your time chopping, frying, baking and serving food. There’s never a dull moment in a professional kitchen because you’ll always be moving at 100 miles an hour. You can train as a chef at a college or you can try to find an entry level job, maybe even washing up, and progress through the ranks learning as you go. The only downside to being a chef that you should be aware of is the working hours because it’s a lot of evenings and weekends. But if you’re ok with that, it’s a great job for people that enjoy practical work.
Don’t spend your days sitting at a desk if that’s not the way you like to work. Try your hand at some of these great careers instead. I always tell my friends that not all kids are cut out for theory work only; some are more suited for a job or career that involves the working with their hands.
I started off wanting to be a teacher but had to leave because I wasn’t enjoying it as much. Now, I am so grateful for the practical skills I have that have earned me enough money to guarantee that I could make a living using my hands if I have to.
What about you? What skills do you have that you could live by? Would you need to go back for extra training? I find that everything you need to learn is on Google and Pinterest. You may just need some catch-up sessions.