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Carpenters and joiners work with wood to build beautiful pieces of furniture, vital fittings on building sites and joists and components of all sorts of structures. This is the perfect industry from someone with creative design skills but also an eye for the functional.
If you are a practical person and looking for a useful career that uses your hands, a career in carpentry could be for you. You’ll need to be good at planning and be accurate, have a natural affinity for problem solving and want to work out in the world rather than in an office. You’ll need a strong eye for aesthetics, too.
Types of jobs within carpentry
Where you opt to work depends on your specific skills. Carpenters work both inside and outdoors, with hours flexible depending on the project and the deadlines they are working towards.
Many carpenters work freelance, on one-off jobs or short-term contracts, working on particular projects to completion. As your skills will be in demand from both industry and individuals, you should never be short of work.