Construction Jobs Vs the 9-to-5

Most college graduates plan on working a 9-to-5 job upon graduation. Whether they’re working in an office, a government department, or a service industry job, the 40-hour work life is typical for most. But, it is not the best path for the individual who wants to carve their own career path on “the road less traveled.” For those individuals, a self-directed route as entrepreneurs, business owners, or subcontractors is what works best. 

There are many jobs that allow for a more self-directed approach, from writers and artists to construction and maintenance subcontractor work. For FloriFence carpenters and installation specialists, this is often what drew them to the construction field. 

Working in construction is not for everyone. It requires long hours, physical labor, and careful attention to detail due to the safety risks at hand with any job. However, for those well-suited to the career, the sacrifices are well worth the effort. If you’re considering ditching the 9 to 5 for something more active, here’s what you need to know. 

In construction…

  • You or your team lead will often be in charge of your hours, which can vary depending on what works for your team
  • You’ll be able to see the results of your work immediately
  • You’ll stay physically fit through the work you do
  • But you’ll have to take care of your own health insurance and medical bills
  • You’ll have to work late nights and weekends in order to get the job done
  • But if you work your way to the top, you’ll be able to control your schedule completely
  • You won’t have to present yourself in “business casual” every day
  • As long as you get along with customers, you can be yourself on the job

Versus in an office setting…

  • You’ll have the same hours as everyone else, with very little variance
  • Depending on your position, your work may not yield immediate results on a day-to-day basis
  • You have to make time for exercise because you’ll spend most of the day sitting
  • You’ll get most of your benefits through your job, which provides security but only for as long as you stay with the company
  • You’re guaranteed nights and weekends off most of the time
  • But you’ll rarely have the option to not come in, even if you don’t have tasks to do that day
  • You have to follow strict appearance and social protocols at work

Construction careers can open up many windows of opportunity if you’re willing to take a chance. If you’re interested in jobs in the fencing industry, contact FloriFence today to learn about open positions. 

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