If you are more of a practical person, what’s more practical than building things? A bricklayer is constantly engaged in work with their hands and is able to see and touch, what they create. As an activity, bricklaying is tangible, satisfying and a highly practical form of work.
If you like maximising your time out in the open air, then being a bricklayer is sure to appeal to you. That’s because the majority of the time is spent outdoors.
Playing sport, playing computer games or playing an instrument, requires your hand movement to be ‘well-tuned’ with your eye movement. And so does bricklaying! If you’re hand-eye coordination is pretty good, then it’s definitely an advantage to have as a bricklayer. The better it is, the faster and more precise your finished work will be.
Bricklaying isn’t all just about bricks and mortar. Before you begin building something you’ll need to know what you’re building and the best way to go about it. This requires the ability to read off plans and having a technical aptitude to understand a project, and correctly follow it through to completion.
Being part of a team and working with them to achieve a satisfying result is a great aspect of working in a bricklaying gang – or as part of a building and construction project. Good productivity comes from great team work, but just as importantly there are times when you’ll need to work independently too. As a bricklayer, you should have the ability to work with others and work alone should the need arise.
You can have all the other things mentioned – but at the end of the day it comes down to two important things: attitude and attendance. If you turn up to work on time with ambition and dedication, you’ll find what’s possible as a bricklayer – and beyond. Which means… not just having a good job and a great working lifestyle… but the potential to further yourself as a professional builder – or as a boss in the building and construction industry.
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