Incognito – 4 Jobs that You Didn’t Know Were Skilled Trades
Trades play an important role in Canadian economy, but sadly, misconceptions still persist about the profession. Some people continue to believe that it’s wholly a man’s world, while some carry on with their perception that the trades are all about working in construction, complete with hard hats and work boots. While the construction industry does involve a large number of people with trades skills, it doesn’t automatically mean that all trades equal construction work.
In fact, you’d be surprised that there are a good number of jobs that you probably didn’t know are skilled trades. Let’s dive in to some examples.
Landscape artists or designers are often second fiddle to architects or builders or engineers when residential or commercial spaces are mentioned. In reality, they are just as important, and as you’ve probably guessed by now, they fall under skilled trades. In commercial spaces, landscape designers make sure the landscape complement the brand’s aesthetics. In residential spaces, they ensure your home is truly your dream living space.
To succeed in this industry, one would have a good balance of creativity and practicality at the same time. Not only do they have to make sure their designs meet aesthetic purposes, they also have to make sure they are functional. This skilled trade also requires horticultural knowledge as well as IT savviness since there are numerous software programs available now to help them see their vision in digital form.
Child & Youth Worker
When people say they want a successful career, that usually means financially rewarding. However, for some people, career success means a chance to make a lasting impact on others, such as a child & youth worker, which is also surprisingly considered as skilled trades. Child and youth workers have to opportunity to mold young ones and get them ready for the future ahead—and you can’t put a price tag on that.
Whatever work environment they are involved in, whether recreational centres or summer camps out of the city, child and youth workers must provide a healthy and safe environment for kids, making sure it is inclusive and engaging as well. These professionals are well-versed in practice and theory pertaining to childcare and the instructional methods used to enhance physical, cognitive, and emotional development. Advanced to expert knowledge in behaviour management strategies and overall psychology of children is also an advantage.
There are a slew of jobs that offer financial rewards, but only a few allows you to make a great contribution to change the world. Such is the role of educational assistants, who primarily work with students to understand their learning capabilities and help them with their academic goals, while at the same time build on their self-esteem and leadership skills to prepare them to thrive in the real world.
It is up to the educational assistants to truly assess students’ needs and ensure these needs are met so the students can realize their full potential when they become adults. It is an advantage to have knowledge in child development, educational psychology, and education policies.
Special Events Coordinator
If you’re fond of attending events like food festivals or film festivals, you probably don’t realize the
painstaking work behind it. But you’ve got the special events coordinator to thank for because they who ensure everything is in place before, during, and after the event. This is an exciting profession for sure but it involves a lot of time and effort, and guess what, it also falls under skilled trades.
Special events coordinators have to be masters in planning and organizing and should possess excellent leadership abilities and collaborative skills. While an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in any related field such as Business Administration or Public Relations is an advantage, much of the skills needed to succeed in this field is actual experience in customer service, communications, or public relations.
There you have it, five examples of skilled trades in disguise. Now that you’ve got an idea, which one do you think will fit you best?