4 signs your teen might love a career in trades

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From easy bake ovens to #DIY projects, learn why a career in trades could be a fit from four students in SAIT’s Exploring Transportation Trades program.

Your high schooler’s hobbies and habits — whether it’s tinkering, fiddling and tearing apart things to build them back up — could be clues they might just want to tackle a trade!

Instead of facing the prospect of lengthy lectures paired with 10-page papers, they can look forward to an education where theory marries hands-on application and learning takes place in state-of-the art labs.

Don’t take our word for it —hear from SAIT students who ventured down the track to trades and found their way to a learning experience that feels just right.

1) Instead of making a tiny brownie, Rebecca preferred to take apart her Easy Bake Oven to see how it worked.

“I remember getting an Easy Bake Oven when I was little. Instead of using it for baking, I found the screws and a screwdriver and took it apart. I wanted to know how to put it back together. My parents weren’t pleased,” says Rebecca.

A curious person who loves working with their hands and watching a concept come to reality, may enjoy working in construction and trades — and they won’t get in trouble for taking things apart!

2) Eva loves a good #DIY project.

Caution! #DoItYourself projects may lead to a future career.

“At first, I wasn’t interested in trades, but I wanted to know how to fix my car by myself in case something happened. I took an automotive class and ended up loving it,” says Eva.

Someone who wants to learn how to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose faulty operations and repair automotive vehicles, might want to pursue a career as an Automotive Service Technician. This path requires individuals to perform precise work in a constantly evolving environment.

3) The idea of a cubicle makes Gabby cringe. 

“I can’t sit at a desk for long periods. I like getting a demonstration and then doing the hands-on work myself. It’s a much better way to learn for me,” says Gabby.

If the thought of sitting at a desk for hours makes a person squirrely, they’re not alone. A skilled trade is a career path that requires specialized knowledge and individuals to complete tactile work in various locations such as repair shops, outdoors or on job sites. 

4) Ashleigh feels a sense of accomplishment when fixing and creating.

 “I fell in love when I found my dream car and worked on it. I started crying. I was so happy. After this, I knew I wanted to help others with their cars and make them feel as happy as I felt,” says Ashleigh.

A career in trades could leave a person who loves fixing things, solving problems and helping others feeling fulfilled and accomplished. The best part? Red Seal-endorsed trade certificates are internationally recognized — allowing individuals to work and help people across the globe.

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