Electricians – growing your career and potential
In the electrical trade, you can control your own career and earning potential. Mick Fitzgerald, Director, Options Skills, shares his top tips to help you expand your skillset, boost your earnings and drive your electrical career forward.
It’s never too late. No matter your current age or existing skillset, learning and professional development is all about commitment and determination. The best part is – you can continue to earn while you learn.
Why consider upskilling?
1. Switch up your career path
Widening your skillset and experience can help you to explore new possibilities that you might not have considered before, whether that’s transitioning to self-employment or experiencing a whole new challenge in a different electrical role. This can also help you to take control of your earnings, giving greater financial flexibility and control.
2. Improved job stability
If you’re able to do more complex electrical work, you’ll open up a new area of demand for your services, giving greater job security and stability. Additionally, if you’re not self-employed and are looking to boost your employer connections, and employers can see you investing in yourself, they’re more likely to invest in you.
3. Earn as you learn
There are many different training opportunities which can allow you to continue to bring in an income while you learn. This means you won’t necessarily need to take an earnings break to return to college.
What are the different career paths available?
• Domestic Electrical Installer (DEI) – this is one of the most common roles, working on domestic properties to undertake single phase domestic installations and repairs.
• Installation Electrician – responsible for installing various systems, such as power and security systems, for a wide range of sites, from commercial to construction.
• Renewable Energy Technician – working within the sustainability and green technology industries to install and maintain green energy systems.
• Electrical Supervisor – responsible for managing a team, training employees, assigning roles and ensuring projects are completed in line with expectations.
• Electrical Drafter – create the technical drawings of electrical systems (blueprints) to guide electrical work, including dimensions, arrangements and installation procedures.
There are different qualifications associated with each of the different career paths, such as the Domestic Electrical Installer Award (limited to domestic, single phase installations and repairs) or Electrotechnical NVQ Level 3 Qualification, whichincorporates single phase and 3-phase commercial installation.
So, when you know you want to upskill, what’s next?
1. Do your research – understand what you need to do to get to where you want to be – the necessary qualifications and courses, the time and the associated costs.
2. Set clear targets – use the steps you need to take to set yourself short, medium and long-term goals, these will act as benchmarks to help keep you on track to achieving your career goals.
3. Speak with training providers – training providers can allow you to see things clearly, and can potentially even share career ideas you hadn’t considered before. There’s no long-term commitment from a conversation.
4. Select the right training provider for you – choose a training provider that will guide you towards your career goal, supporting you through your training.
5. Take the plunge – when you know the career you want and the steps to achieving that, you’re ready to take the plunge and put the spark back into your electrical career.