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Smart Devices Need Smart Tradespeople

Homes nowadays have features that enable lights to turn on and off automatically as people enter and exit rooms. You can order Alexis to play your favorite recordings or TV shows. You can program appliances remotely via your cell phone. You can buy a toilet that...

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Final Apprenticeship Report Is In

On June 15, 2017, President Trump issued E.O. 13801, Expanding Apprenticeships in America, which directed the Secretary of Labor to establish a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships. Apprenticeship...

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Six Famous People Who Started Out As Apprentices

On your way to becoming a plumber, electrician, or an HVAC technician, you’ll have some specialized, on-the-job training known as an apprenticeship. There are plenty of benefits attached to apprenticeships—including the opportunity to earn a decent salary while you...

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Are You Meant To Be An Entrepreneur?

Take a look at the great startup unicorns out there and it’s easy to see why so many people want to become an entrepreneur. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has become the wealthiest person on the planet, with a net worth of $130 billion.Google says that Elon Musk has a net...

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Don’t Miss These Scholarship Opportunities!

If you’ve decided to pursue a career in the trades, you probably already know the tuition for your education to prepare for a job as a plumber, electrician, or HVAC technician can be $65,000 less and two years shorter than the usual college degree. And, the good news...

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How To Figure Out What You’re Interested In

Here’s some insight. Depending on your browser and Google search settings, you can start typing and Google will suggest search topics based on what it sees. If you start typing in, “how to figure out what…” Google automatically suggests you may be searching results...

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Is College Really the Only Way to Do It?

Who’s right and who’s wrong? Do a quick search online and you find ample arguments on both sides about the value of a college education. Some say college is overrated and not necessary. Others say you’re unlikely to succeed without a college degree. College is not a...

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A Rare Opportunity For The Right Person

Some people have a special talent. They’re able to listen, connect the dots, and offer the perfect amount of advice and guidance. Nexstar Legacy Foundation, the organization responsible for this website and blog, is searching for someone just like this. We make...

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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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