When does your work day end?

I’ve found myself having conversations lately regarding the fluid nature of service calls. For an electrician, service calls come in when someone is having an electrical issue. It can be a straightforward process, or it can bring out some interesting surprises that require some creative solutions.

The discussions I’ve been having about the type of work I do have often revolved around the question, “so what time do you finish work?” Quite often, the answer is, “I don’t know, I’m done when the work is done.”

A recent example is a service call I went to at 3:00pm on a Friday before the long weekend. Continue Reading

The Turning Point

There are moments in my life that I know, looking back, were turning points for me. Either I was at a crossroads, or in some cases feeling like I was at a dead end, and needed to figure out a way to forge ahead. The wake of some of these turning points rippled through a decade or more of knowing people, seeing places and experiencing things that I never would have otherwise.

They can all be traced back to one decision. Continue Reading

I’m Smart Enough For The Trades

female electricianI’m amazed by how little the average person knows about the trades industry.  And how could they know? In my experience, our educational culture pushes university and college as education options. Trades being for those not smart enough for college or university is a harsh stigma that I’ve witnessed. This misconception frustrates me.

I’ve heard, “you’re so smart, why did you get into the trades instead of going to university?” Trades school is a condensed set number of weeks where you’re expected to retain a lot of information. The theory component is just as important as the physical work. You have to stay on top of the assignments, and tests. There is no slacking your way through. You either know it or you don’t. Continue Reading