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Switching careers mid-life is not always an easy task. There are costs involved, and those costs can be daunting when you are stepping into the unknown. There are always a few self doubts as well – will you pass the training, will you find a job, and if so how long will it all take? ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools acknowledge the problems that people face when changing careers, so we try to make a heavy equipment career transitions as smooth as possible. The following is a good guide to follow for any career change.
Research your actual career choice. If heavy equipment operations is your choice, look for operators you can talk to. Whatever you do, don’t just talk to one – you are only getting a single view of your career choice. Talk to several, preferably from different companies.
Research your training school. Training is the most important component to a new career. There are several issues to look at when it comes to training schools, the most important being the school’s credibility amongst employers. Longevity is always a good sign of a successful heavy equipment training school. You can visit our training website to see reviews left by former students. After 50 years in training, we know what employers want and deliver.
Organize your finances. You will need to organize how you intend funding your training, your training time (you still have to eat and pay bills), and the period immediately after training. We offer several funding opportunities that cover your actual training costs. We are also approved to deliver training to those who are eligible for government-funded training programs (this includes current and former military).
Commence training. Once you have decided on a career, a training school, and organized your finances, it’s time to start training. One word of advice – take as much in as possible, and get in as much practice as the school allows. Training should also include safety, and ideally your training should include soft skills designed to help you look for and obtain employment. We have a dedicated career services department that works with students to find their first job. Work with our career services team and you’ll find that job fairly quickly.
Start work. This is where your hard work and frustrations bear fruit. That first day on the job will be a blur, however, it is for everyone. Use that job to build your experience, and to gain a good reputation.
They are easy steps to follow, and with our help, they can be followed quickly and easily. Are you interested in a career as a heavy equipment operator? If so, don’t wait around, check out your heavy equipment training options now.