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There is a multitude of businesses, careers and options available, but what is it that best suits you and your skills? What is the best path to take? These are some of the questions that we hope to help you answer as you navigate our website which is full of tips and business ideas.

Sometimes we get hung up on choosing the right path and think we’ll be stuck with that path forever. This is no longer the case, it is very normal for a person to change careers several times during adult life as desires, interests and family situations change. So sometimes choosing the path that seems right now is the best form of action even if it’s not the long term career path we want to be on.

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What it takes to have a career in Locksmithing

Locksmith careerA locksmith is an artisan who repairs or makes locks and keys. Locksmithing is among the earliest forms of security. The term, however, in recent years, has somewhat expanded and now includes may types and forms of locksmithing. Working out of storefronts (commercial), working out of vehicles (emergency locksmith), employed by institutions (institutional) or forensic locksmiths (investigational). You can also specialize in a given aspect, such as a safe technician (master key system expert) or auto lock specialists (for vehicle locks).

Traineeship and Apprenticeship

Nowadays, locksmithing goes far beyond keys and locks. A modern day locksmith draws his business from various sectors including automotive, government, commercial or residential. As such, their tasks will vary significantly from a day to another. Such are the duties as an example for a Locksmith servicing Melbourne.

For someone to become a qualified trade lock and key artisan, they have to receive some training under government schemes or go through some apprenticeship session.

Both traineeship and apprenticeship offer students (or participants) programs whereby they can combine their classroom theory and on-the-job paid scheme at their places of work.

Mature age students can also undergo the same programs and:

  1. a)   Provide career pathways from class to work or even from a career to another
  2. b)   Lead to skills and qualifications that are nationally recognized
  3. c)   Involve structured training and paid work training (may be off-the-job, on-the-job or both combined).
  4. d)   Recognize prior experience and existing skills that can potentially lower the typical formal training amount
  5. e)   Give a variety of monetary incentives to both the employers and their students.

The first thing is finding an employer who is ready to employ a trainee or apprentice. This is something that can be achieved by checking employment sections of the local newspapers, registering with several employment agencies or contracting the local locksmiths.

The Real Job

Training and apprenticeship are not quite the job. Being a locksmith takes creativity, concentration and skill as well as handwork patience. It is advisable to understand all opportunities in the field open to you. You should choose the opportunity that best suits you as per your skills, preference, and competence. All of them come with cons and pros such as skill, hours and pay to mention just but a few.

This is the reason it takes quite some time for one to decide the opportunity they would like to start with, and also the best overall opportunity. Most countries also require that one must finish an apprenticeship or a certain formal education level. However, such a requirement may vary from a country to another. Check out the current job availability for locksmiths in Australia here.

This implies that a lot of research and study is needed especially with regard to the level of skills and education that a locksmith must attain so as to join the field. Such information can actually influence your entire locksmith career.

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What it takes to be a Furniture Removalist

Furniture removalists also referred to as removers or furniture removers, move commercial and domestic furniture to various locations interstate or locally. Their activities include inspecting the things (furniture) to be moved, packing them, labeling, and loading them into trucks and making sure that reach to their desired destination without any damage. On the arrival, the remover will unload and unpack them. They are also required to keep inventories of items moved, and keep their trucks clean.

A removalist like Furniture Removal Sunshine Coast must also be able to drive a removal truck or van in their day to day activities of moving office or household furniture as well as equipment between locations.

Knowledge, attributes and skills

A furniture removalist, in their career, needs:

  • To be physically fit so as to be able to lift heavy items
  • take pleasure in practical work
  • To have a valid driving license and a safe driving record
  • To have a mechanical capacity
  • Great communication skills.

Working conditions

A Furniture removalist may work for long hours and sometimes be away from his home and family for extended times, particularly if he drives interstate or countrywide. Their work can be quite involving and tiresome.

Career Reward

A Furniture removalist can earn about $1250 dollars every week, but this will depend on their experience as well as the type of company they work with. At other times, they may be paid on an hourly rate. A Furniture removalist who is self-employed may make considerably more. Regardless of their earnings a removalist must be disciplined and conscious when handling whatever they earn.

Ability to use Tools and Technology

A Furniture removalist should be able to use various tools and technologies applicable in their trade. For example, they should be trained on how to drive such loading equipment as forklifts, and large removal vans.

Meet the entrance requirements

You can become a removalist without necessarily getting any formal qualifications. However, you must get some training on the job. Here’s a handy job guide.

A removalist can do an apprenticeship specifically in Transport plus Logistics. As an apprentice, one enters into a prescribed training contract (of course with an employer). They spend a considerable time working as well as learning practical skills involved in the job. They can also spend some time undergoing a structured training with a provider who is registered. They will have their skills assessed and when they are competent in various areas, thy will get what is referred to as the nationally-recognized qualification. Even though some employers usually prefer ten years, entry requirements do vary.

Prior learning recognition

Prior learning recognition (credibility) may be obtained if one thinks that he already has the competencies or skills got through informal or formal learning.


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