Northlands Job Corps Academy

A Unique Path To Choosing a Career Technical Trade

July 30th, 2021

u·nique

/yo͞oˈnēk/

adjective

  1. Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.

Every student we speak with has a different reason why they have chosen to study the trade they do.  Many times there isn’t just a singular reason that people choose their professional path.  From speaking with different students, what I have gleaned is that every student has a unique path, story, and professional goals.

Previous Exposure to the Trade

Some students come to Job Corps already having some exposure to the trade they eventually choose to study at Job Corps. Whether it be through family, high school, interest or other reasons; 

  • A student whom I spoke with was exposed to technical trades through the high school he attended in his home state.
  • An Automotive student whom I recently spoke with was exposed to the automotive industry through his Grandfather. Jonathan’s grandfather worked in dealerships for several years and that is where Jonathan gained some of his first knowledge of his trade.

Potential to Grow

The potential to grow professionally with a company and take increased responsibility leading to increased wages is a draw for some students.

  • I recently spoke with a student in welding who recently accepted a job in a welding union. When interviewed the student expressed desire to gain additional responsibility when the right time came.
  • Another student wanted to enhance certain skills within their trade. Through accepting a new position, they hope to focus on a certain part of their field and gain additional responsibility
  • A young man I spoke with hoped to gain additional responsibility to increase their income. In the future, through earning an increased income they hope to have their own place to call home.

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey S. Firestone, founder of Firestone Tire & Rubber Company