If you are young and new to the trade, we need you, but if you aren’t thoughtful you might get fired.
No offense, millennials often just have a different way of looking at work than their GenX bosses and trainers.
Here are my 8 top tips to help you make it a great a career.
#8 – Act interested (even when you aren’t)
I know sometimes your trainer can be boring, but when he is talking, look alive. Literally… I’ve seen apprentices who I wondered if they were actually dead… smelly… unresponsive… you get it.
When someone is attempting to invest in you it’s important that you listen up and pay them the respect they deserve.
#7 – Learn the names of basic tools
I know it can be confusing if you are new but read up enough so that when your trainer asks for “channel locks” you don’t say “what’s that”. This isn’t difficult to do and if you want to get familiarized with some tools you can look through the HVAC School tool list
#6 – Keep the music off and the earbuds out
Work isn’t the time to be distracted for any reason. That is unless you are listening to the HVAC School podcast… then it’s OK
#5 – Ask questions and listen carefully to the answers
Listen more than you talk. Give eye contact when your manager or trainer is speaking. If you don’t understand something be specific about the part you aren’t grasping.
#4 – Repeat back what you heard
Say “I want to make sure I understood you correctly” and repeat back what you understood rather than saying OK if you didn’t fully understand
#3 – Look professional
I don’t care if your boss or trainer looks like a slob, YOU dress according to the company policy and come to work looking well kept. Obviously, you need to dress job appropriate but people naturally respect someone who has a professional appearance.
#2 – Show up on time
Show up 15 mins early. Show up 30 minutes early! This isn’t complicated and bad traffic isn’t a valid excuse.
#1 – STAY OFF YOUR PHONE
Your friends, Facebook, Snapchat… they can all wait. Give your work your full attention while at work
Oh… and while you’re at it… get good at working on and installing HVAC/R systems. That helps as well.