Picture this: instead of waking up every morning dreading your day in the same dreary building (high school I’m lookin’ at you), you leave the house excited about what you’re about to do. It either sounds like some dark utopian fantasy or the #goals of an overly zealous life coach but trust us- it’s actually possible.

A lot of jobs today are taken simply as a means to an end. We’re in it for the hard slog just so we have enough cash to make it to the weekend where we actually do the things we want to do–getting bevvies with friends, hiking in nature or loading up on brunch.

We spend the day watching the clock or trying to figure out the earliest time we can leave without losing our job. A lot of the time we end up ignoring our actual interests and talents just to pursue a career that we’re not all that keen on in the first place.

A career in construction is a great way to bypass all the pitfalls that are commonly associated with modern working. Of course, we’re not saying it’s easy work but if you’re cut from the right cloth, doing anything else would be an absolute bore.

Instead of spending the sunny hours of the day cooped up indoors, a construction job can give you the chance to get outside and active. And for the kid that just can’t seem to sit still in a classroom and absorb the information that’s being thrown around, this is pure gold.

Construction workers live active lives and their ‘office’ changes with each project. You get to spend the day out doing the hard yakka- not chained to a desk.

On top of this, nothing compares to the satisfaction of being able to clock off at the end of the day and see all your hard work paying off.

And it’s not just great for the self-esteem; you’re contributing to a valuable industry as well. There’s always new work to be done and your skills could be put to use in building a new school, hospital, or road.

Not only is a construction job one of the few that’s easy to love, the path to getting one is appealing too. A career in this field usually starts with an apprenticeship, where you get paid to learn and some solid practical experience.

If you’re keen on this industry (and with great earning potential and travel opportunities–why wouldn’t you be?) and set on going to uni, there’s plenty of professional and para professional pathways you can go into via diplomas and degrees.

If you want to read some more about the construction industry and have a look at what your options are, head here.

Annnnd, if you’re living in QLD you can get started on getting qualified with our mates at Construction Skills Queensland. They subsidise over 165 courses and can help you with any info you need about working in the construction industry so check ‘em out here.