Climbing up ‘the ladder’ has been the go-to metaphor for coffee break conversations since time immemorial. Invisible and inevitable, each rung comes with additional responsibilities and associated rewards. It’s a great metaphor and applies to most industries of work...but not for electricians. Why? Because a career in the electrical field gives you options.
My coffee mug tells me, "never, never, never give up." Is it corny? Categorically. Does it keep me going when I hit a snag at work? Yes. But what helps me even more than my mug (and the caffeine therein) is the knowledge that I work in a field which rewards my efforts. There will always be another pathway open to me if my interests shift and my skill set grows in concert. The ability to develop and expand one’s niche within an industry is more critical than ever before, as we live in a time when the only certain variable is that the show will go on, with or without us.