Carpentry for beginners, why choose a career as a carpenter?


Whilst studying at college, many will opt for the latest career opportunities involving technology with the growing use of websites and online use. One thing that might skip a students point of view is a carpenter. Whilst there will always be a growing use of technology and the need for a high level of knowledge of the latest technological advances, one thing that is sure not to change is the need for bespoke materials and the need for a carpenter.

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Carpenters will craft things out of wood and whilst manufacturers may provide wooden structures out of the box, there’s something that they lack and that’s the ability to customise something. If you have a small space for instance, you may want to include fitted furniture, this will fit right into the space it needs to, not something that can be achieved by a manufactured product.

Recently a huge rise can be seen in the amount of people keeping their homes and not moving, which also means that people choose to invest in their current properties rather than move. This trend sees the demand for Carpenters rise since they can provide fitted bedrooms, conservatories, wooden structures and window repairs. Carpentry is evident today through professional joinery and carpentry services including those of Eastwood’s Carpentry of Leicester, providing bespoke solutions to any home improvement project.

The plus points of being a carpenter

  • Work when suits you and your clients
  • Gain a company vehicle
  • No limit on earnings
  • Travel and work at different locations
  • Lesser competition in the field of carpentry
  • Hands on approach to learning
  • Do your own carpentry projects for your home

If you don’t like long exams or statistics then carpentry could be the best route for you. The learning process is a lot more hands on, using carpentry skills to make things like cabinets through NVQ apprenticeships. You can experience the field of carpentry and joinery whilst learning, often a more hands on approach via the apprenticeship. A fully qualified joiner may also educate a junior in the art of joints and fixings, giving you an edge over your competitors.

The drawbacks of a career in carpentry

  • Lesser job security and no guarantee of work
  • Only qualified for carpentry and wood work
  • Tax return and HMRC dealings

Whilst doing something you enjoy might be a big benefit, you may find that the job security and pressure to find work might not make it for you. It is a big decision to make to pursue a career in carpentry since a qualification in this field will not make you very employable in other higher paid jobs. Carefully consider your passion for building things from wood and then make the decision and take on an apprenticeship.

Your final descision should be whether you want to go down the road of being a carpenter or a joiner, For more information on the differences, see: should you choose a carpenter or a joiner from home invite.