Who Says It’s Not a “Real” Career?

In North America our population is shrinking and the effects of labor shortages are already playing themselves out in many places and industries. This is especially true in the field of skilled trades such as construction, electricians, plumbers and similar types of fields.

High Oranges makes up large numbers of employees and small business owners in these fields. They’re hands on jobs, often outdoors, every day is a little different, they can often work as hard or as long as they choose, stay active, do something physical and have a fair amount of freedom in these careers. And now the money is starting to really become attractive. In many cities, skilled trades people make well over $100,000.

Yet, surveys of youths for Skilled Trades Associations often found a mindset that these are “just jobs,” not careers, and that trades people aren’t respected or creative thinkers. While the survey results might be accurate, that mindset certainly isn’t. But then we have to remember that the majority of people aren’t high Orange and respond to surveys only through the eyes, judgments and mindset of their Colors.

Right now, an ever-increasing number of people are choosing the skilled trades work over office jobs. In the words of spokesperson Beverlie Cook: “There are many young people for whom a desk is death, who want to be out and using both hands and their head – and find satisfaction in making ideas come to life.”

The big downside is that Ms. Cook, most companies, apprenticeship programs, the school system (which sees many high Orange drop out after grade 10 or 11), and most parents don’t understand personality types, or the group of 15-19 year olds that they’re attempting to target. Just like it’s important to be nice to the high Greens we labeled “nerds” in high school, it’s becoming just as important to be nice to the high Oranges who we’ll need badly to build or fix anything in our homes…that now start at around $150+ for a service call. And good luck finding a drywaller or framer in many cities.