The Handicrafter

Bought new IKEA furniture? Need a light bulb fixed?

Look no further, because I’m the person who can get the job done! I’m at my best when using my hands to fix or build things, it comes naturally to me and I enjoy it! I’m a practical person and I can’t imagine myself sitting at a desk and staring at a screen all day. Getting down and dirty, whether it’s maintenance, building a house or installing a pipe, is my kind of thing – I didn’t choose the tradie life, the tradie life chose me!
Funnel-web spiders are experts at building and constructing things, they've got it sorted out. 

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Your strengths

We all have our own set of strengths. We’ve put together a list of with which we're sure you'll identify. Check them out below:

Big picture thinking

You like to think of the bigger picture when starting on something; you have the finished product in mind, which helps you to solve the problem or task!

Building and construction

You have practical building skills and know what a Philips head screwdriver is! Building, creating and fixing all comes naturally to you!

Critical thinking

Any problems that come up with a task you’re working on better watch out! You can easily change your thinking and approach to knock out any problems, anytime.

Mathematics skills

You have the basic mathematics skills to help measure, estimate and construct anything you’re working on.

Physical strength

As a handicrafter, you understand the physical work and conditions that come with it. It’s important you know the strength and stamina to last in what can be very physically demanding.

Things that you can improve on

If only we could be good at everything! Here are a few areas where you could improve:

  • Improving the health and well-being of others including medical care and personal support
  • Jobs that require a high level of human interaction but for the benefit of selling a product or service rather than helping an individual
  • Tasks that purely focus on the use of technology
  • Focussing on information and processes in professional services – think business or education settings!
  • Repetitive and administrative tasks
Don’t feel bad about the points above, you can always improve on this!

So, what do you look for in a role?

Roles that will suit you best will include these elements:

  • Using your hands to build and construct things
  • Practical work
  • Fixing, installing or maintaining things
  • Working on a task rather than people problems
  • Outdoorsy work rather than being in an office all day
  • Solving problems

Kick-starting your career

Don’t know where to start? Check out these entry-level career paths you can start today!

  • Click here to check out which subjects you should be taking in school based on your Career Quiz results.
  • Get in touch with some local businesses about spending a week working on site with them! This could be landscaping, carpentry security installations… whatever you’re interested in.
  • Sign up for an apprenticeship! This is a great way to get a certification and get paid while on the job!

The Handicrafter's list of ideal careers

Wondering where you could end up? Explore the list below and map out your future career options!

Find out more careers suited to the 'handicrafter' you are!
  • Agricultural and Forestry Scientists
  • Agricultural Technicians
  • Agricultural, Forestry & Horticultural Operators
  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
  • Animal Attendants and Trainers
  • Aquaculture Farmers
  • Aquaculture Workers
  • Arborist
  • Automotive Electricians
  • Beauty Therapists
  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Bricklayers and Stonemasons
  • Building and Plumbing Labourers
  • Bus and Coach Drivers
  • Butcher
  • Cabinetmakers
  • Car Detailers
  • Carpenters and Joiners
  • Cartographers and Surveyors
  • Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators
  • Civil Engineering Professionals
  • Cleaners
  • Commercial Cleaners
  • Concreters
  • Conservation Parks and Wildlife Officer
  • Construction Managers
  • Contract, Program and Project Administrators
  • Couriers and Postal Deliverers
  • Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators
  • Crop Farm Workers
  • Crop Farmers
  • Deck and Fishing Hands
  • Delivery Drivers
  • Domestic Cleaners
  • Drainer
  • Driving Instructors
  • Earthmoving Plant Operators
  • Electrical Distribution Trades Workers
  • Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Engineering Production Systems Workers
  • Engineers (Chemical and Material)
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers
  • Fire and Emergency Workers
  • Fitters and Machinists
  • Flight Attendant
  • Floor Finisher
  • Florists
  • Forestry and Logging Workers
  • Forklift Drivers
  • Freight and Furniture Handlers
  • Freight or Cargo Handler
  • Garden and Nursery Labourers
  • Gardeners
  • Glaziers
  • Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers
  • Greenkeepers
  • Hairdressers
  • Industrial Spraypainters
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • Insulation and Home Improvement Installers
  • Jewellers
  • Kennel Hand
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Laundry Workers
  • Life Scientists
  • Lift Mechanic
  • Livestock Farm Workers
  • Livestock Farmers
  • Locksmith
  • Make up Artist
  • Marine Transport Professionals
  • Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers
  • Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians
  • Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades
  • Metal Fitters and Machinists
  • Mining Engineers
  • Mining Manager
  • Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories Fitters
  • Oil and Gas Explorer
  • Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers
  • Other Mobile Plant Operators
  • Painting Trades Workers
  • Panelbeaters
  • Paving and Surfacing Labourers
  • Pest Controllers
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Precision Metal Trades Workers
  • Printers
  • Printing Assistants and Table Workers
  • Professional Fisherman
  • Racehorse Trainer
  • Recreation Vehicle Repairer
  • Roof Plumbers
  • Roof Tilers
  • Security Officers and Guards
  • Shearers
  • Sheetmetal Trades Workers
  • Sports Manager
  • Stablehand
  • Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
  • Structural Steel Construction Workers
  • Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
  • Telecommunications Technical Specialists
  • Telecommunications Trades Workers
  • Textiles
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Train and Tram Drivers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Upholsterer
  • Vehicle Painters
  • Vehicle Repairer and Trimmer
  • Wall and Floor Tilers
  • Winemaker
  • Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

Nail your interview with these questions

Got a job interview lined up? Check out the questions below and ask some during the interview:

  • How much of my time would I be doing physical work?
  • What sort of skills would I learn in the role?
  • What would a typical day look like?
  • Would I be working indoors or outdoors?
  • Would I need a drivers licence?