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Peterman Heating, Cooling and Plumbing Act Of Giving

Air conditioners and furnaces, simple luxuries of owning a home. Refreshing relief in the dog days of summer and toasty warmth in bitterness of winter. But every once in a while, a service call to the local residential service company is needed…and it’s never at an...

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Can Your Personality Help You Decide on a Career?

A lot of big companies think so. About 80% of Fortune 500 and nearly 90% of Fortune 100 companies use something called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test to try to help their employees get into the right role so that they’ll be most productive on the...

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No Trade Experience? No Problem

I had a conversation with a young man recently who expressed interest in exploring the plumbing or HVAC trades. He had no experience in those trades, though he was mechanically inclined and always working around the house fixing and building things. But he had a...

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How To Get Rich

I read a fascinating article recently by an author who spent five years researching the habits of self-made millionaires, along with those struggling with poverty. You can read the article yourself here, and I hope you do because the number one item that separated the...

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What’s The Difference Between A Job and a Career?

It’s your lucky day. For the TLDNR ('too long, did not read') among us, the answer to the question posed by the article’s title can be boiled down to this: Jobs are the building blocks of a career. Interested in exploring this a little deeper? Read on. Beyond the...

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What Actually Matters Many Years After College

“Where did you go to school?” asks best-selling author Seth Godin. In a recent blog post, the well-respected marketer suggests that the question really only matters for a short period of time. Godin is known for his super-brief blog posts. He’s “old school” in that...

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Trade Labor Shortages Continue To Worsen

Hardly a week goes by when I don’t come across and article like this one reporting on the labor shortage playing out nationwide. In this case, a survey reports that 70% of remodeling contractors are saying they can’t find enough help, especially skilled workers. Many...

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Lowe’s the Latest to Address Trade Labor Shortage

A bandwagon is rolling across the country. It’s exemplified by this website and many other organizations that are devoting time, effort and money to address the nationwide shortage of skilled labor. In late February, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., the parent company of the...

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Statistics and Stereotypes (Part 2)

In my last blog I pointed out the unfortunate consequences that pure statistics and stereotypes can cast on any group of professionals. We can take the “woe is me” approach, or we can simply live by our actions. Often, we are our own worst critics. The problem with...

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College Costs: How Other Countries Compare

If you’re college-bound, or a parent of someone who is, you’re probably experiencing sticker shock at the cost. The nonprofit organization College Board puts out an annual report, and the latest one provides some sobering numbers. The average cost (we should specify...

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A Registered Apprenticeship: Why The Designation Matters

Last year, both the federal government and private industry stepped forward to push the growth of apprenticeships in the United States. On the private side, it came from none other than Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff. He called for creating five million apprenticeships...

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The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Are you in a hurry to finish school? Looking to start making your mark on the world? If you said ‘yes’, then take some advice from the world’s most successful leaders: The learning never stops. Don’t be disappointed by that if you don’t like school or the formality of...

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C’mon Women, You’re Welcome Too!

As I’ve written about numerous times, our nation suffers a severe shortage of skilled trade workers. The main reason has to do with social pressures and propaganda about the importance of college degree, a belief that this blog has also poked holes in. Another big...

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Are You “Cut Out” For A Trade?

I composed that headline with a sense of bitter irony. Most high-school counselors and a good portion of the general public tend to think that the only people entering the trades are those “not cut out for college.” Put more bluntly, they think college is for smart...

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2nd Annual Troops To Trades Golf Tournament A Success!

Over 80 golfers enjoyed a picture-perfect day of golf at the Gates Four Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Friday, November 3 as they supported Troops to Trades, a veteran-outreach program powered by the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. Hosted by Will...

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Student Loan Defaults Keep Rising

Regular readers of this blog know that a subject I hammer on repeatedly is the high cost of college and the dubious return on investment that brings for many college graduates – even worse for college dropouts. If you’re in the mood for a review, check out this blog...

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ServiceTitan Contribution to Nexstar Legacy Foundation

The excitement from the 25th Anniversary Silver Gala never stops! With many thanks to ServiceTitan and their commitment to the mission of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation, they are contributing an additional $5,000 to the Foundation! As was announced during Super...

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The Skilled Trades Go High Tech

One of the biggest myths of working in the trades is that it involves a lot of physical grunt work. The image most of the public holds of trade workers is of a muscular individual who gets paid more for brawn than brains. If that was ever true, it’s certainly not the...

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Companies Galore Look For Skilled Trade Workers

I’m a news junkie. As a journalist by calling, that’s to be expected. My daily reading list (mostly online nowadays) includes the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune (my hometown daily...

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Message To White House: We Need More Plumbers

Message To White House: We Need More Plumbers Several months ago I wrote about a movement afoot to boost apprenticeship training. This was highlighted by President Trump signing an Executive Order directing the Departments of Labor and Education to look at new ways to...

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