How to choose a trade

Choosing a new career can be challenging. There are so many jobs to choose from, and you may feel overwhelmed by the options.

Deciding what you want to do day in day out is a serious decision, and you must gather as much information as you can before embarking on training or applying for jobs. Where do you start?

Establish what you enjoy 

Writing a list of all the things you would look for in the ideal job is a great starting point. You may want to choose a trade as opposed to going to university, and that’s okay. Or you may have an established career but are bored in your current position. It’s not unusual to want to swap careers and try something completely different. Ask yourself some questions; do you want to want to work with animals? Do you want to do something creative? Do you want to help people? Do you want to work with your hands?

Being honest with yourself about what you want from a job and what would make you happy is crucial for finding the right one. 

Construction and carpentry 

The construction industry is a popular choice for those that want to pursue work involving manual labor. It’s also an industry that is never short of jobs. There are a variety of job roles available, so do some online research and find out what would suit your current skillset or that you would like to receive training for.

There are many courses available, as well as on-the-job training where professionals can mentor you. It’s very important when pursuing a career in construction that you understand the safety issues and abide by the rules for your protection. Accidents are commonplace, especially on excavation sites, and if you click here, you can read up on what to do if you are involved in an accident and need support and advice. 

Carpentry is another trade that has been around for centuries. If you want to feed the creative side of yourself but still do something practical, carpentry is a great choice. As well as being physically active, you can create some marvelous designs and styles with wood making it a very satisfying career choice. You can get qualified by enrolling in a local college or finding a  company willing to train you up. 


If people describe you as kind and caring and you love being around others, you may be suited to a healthcare career. There is always a need for doctors, nurses, surgeons, midwives, and carers in the community, depending on the level of training and commitment you want to take on. 

Healthcare provides a fast-paced workday with a stimulating environment,  so if you’re prone to getting bored, healthcare may provide a great opportunity for day-to-day job satisfaction. 

Leisure and hospitality 

Leisure is a broad term but covers jobs such as waiter/waitress, event management, fitness instructor, wedding planner, chef, hotel worker, and many more. Typically you need to be excellent at customer service (unless you’re a Chef away from the public eye) and enjoy communicating at all levels. You will need to be able to present yourself professionally and sometimes deal with tricky situations. There are many options for short courses, Diplomas or Degrees, depending on the route you want to take. 

If you’re still unsure about what career to choose, you can talk to a careers advisor who can help point you in the right direction and provide guidance and information to help inform your decision. Changing careers is exciting so take your time, gather knowledge and enjoy the new adventure.