To ensure the best job stability, I wanted to find an area with a swelling population that is expected to have continued growth for the next decade or longer.
Working in the trades doesn’t always result in steady work and job security. A lot of commercial construction is dependent on climate changes and seasonal temperatures. It’s hard to work outside in subzero temperatures, so there are naturally fewer building projects in the coldest months of winter. This is what it was always like for my father who’s a retired electrician. He had to anticipate the dip in work every year around the holidays, which is particularly hard when you have young children at home. By the time I was in middle school, he started taking a second job between November and February every year just to get us through the worst of the winter slog. I’m a carpenter and haven’t had better luck in this cold climate. Last year I said to myself that I had enough of the winter instability, so I started looking for work in warmer climates. I decided to find places with lots of urban and suburban development. To ensure the best job stability, I wanted to find an area with a swelling population that is expected to have continued growth for the next decade or longer. When you work in the construction industry, you don’t have white collar privileges like corporate housing. If you move for a new job position, you’re paying for your own travel and new living accommodations. Thankfully I found the perfect city to move to and was lucky enough to find an open position with a home construction company. Once I found affordable housing in my new city, I started the long process of moving across the country.