CHOOSING A CAREER / NOV. 16, 2014
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How Traditional, Artisan Trades Are Making a Comeback

Artisans are often viewed as cheese and shoe-makers, which is most certainly the case. However, there’s also other artisan work that is in demand. In today’s workforce, you need to add value in order to be successful. This is why traditional artisan trades are getting so much attention, while more modern artisan trades are becoming increasingly valued as well.

There are many traditional artisan trades that are now making a comeback. The level of craftsmanship and skill required to make furniture for instance, is being recognized in our modern culture. Artisan trades are creating, building, and producing. They are making clothing, jewelry, food, and so much more. These individuals add a level of quality and skill to each and every product.

Not only will artisan trades continue to grow, but more modern artisan work will also be highlighted in the future. This will include careers such as hairdressing and care giving. Basically, if you are skilled, you create value. Individuals who are unique and skilled, are expected to be well-paid in the future.

Artisan Trades Are Making a Comeback

In this day and age, technology is the driving force behind many businesses and corporations. Since technology is able to replace many jobs, skilled trades are highly valued. If you possess a skill that cannot be re-created through computer technology, then you may have a very bright future.

Careers that were once viewed as old-fashioned, are now creating interest amongst various industries. There are alternatives to sitting in an office. If you are passionate and skilled regarding a trade, there’s nothing stopping you from pursuing your goals.

There is no doubt that we live in a modern world. However, that does not mean that traditional trades are not of interest. More and more individuals are interested in products crafted from natural, raw materials, which are made by hand.

It wasn’t until the industrialized revolution that more traditional methods were beginning to disappear. This is because they were viewed as too slow. Now, these trades are being viewed as more sustainable livelihoods. These skilled trades are also great for extra part-time income. Many men and women are also exploring their options, as they work from home, caring for their children.

Artisan Trades and Career Development

The number of self-employed individuals is expected to grow. Those that have skills and education to offer a unique service will be successful. Although your grades are extremely important, your career is not solely based on your ability to pass your grades and obtain a degree.

Employers are going to be looking for unique skills. This is why it’s ideal for students to set themselves apart. If you’re currently a student, then get involved. Volunteer, enter a co-op program, or obtain some research experience. You want employers to recognize that you’re different. You have something of value to bring to the table.

The same is true for traditional and now more modern artisan trades. They offer something different. Before you begin your career in crafts and design, make sure you’re aware of every aspect of this career choice. It’s not simply about producing products anymore, as there are many other areas that need to be addressed. Although these trades may be traditional, consumers are not.

You need to understand customer awareness, skill building, design, marketing, and so much more. Although you can hire individuals to do this work for you, it’s more profitable if you can run the whole business (especially if it’s a small business from home).

So whether you’d like to be a professional tailor or bake bread, there are opportunities out there. If you have a skill, focus on perfecting it. Where can you improve? Before you quit your day job, focus on your skill as a hobby. See if you get any interest in what you’re doing. You can work at night or on weekends. If you build a business, you may be able to create beautiful products for a living.

If you’re looking to begin your career, then make sure you build strategies regarding your products and your future goals. Is there a demand for what you’re offering? If so, what competition is out there? Although your products will speak for themselves, how else can you stand-out? There’s a future for artisan trades. If you’re looking to change careers, this may be an option for you. 

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