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6 Tips to Increase the Length of Your Underwater Welding Career
The most successful underwater welders and commercial divers don’t get there by accident. It takes attention to detail, a commitment to learning, a strong work ethic, and an attitude that puts the safety and success of the team above yourself. But even if you want to have an extensive career, there might be things holding you back that you hadn’t even thought of.
Below are seven things you can start today that will increase the length of your underwater welding career.
1. Finish school
If you’re thinking about getting into underwater welding, you will need a high school diploma, or you’ll need to finish your GED. Most commercial diving schools and institutes require either of these. If you’re currently in high school, do not drop out. Unlike college, there’s no going back. And if you’ve already been out of high school for some time, go get that GED. Employers are looking for skilled welders, but a lack of a high school diploma or GED will put you at a disadvantage in an already competitive applicant pool.
2. Learn, learn, and learn
Because the underwater welding industry is so varied, there are countless paths your career could take. Think about where you want to be and start learning about what the responsibilities are for that job. Employers are looking for applicants who are eager to master new skills and have a proven track record of doing so. And even if it doesn’t result in a new job, your current manager could very well expand your role or give you some leadership -- and that could mean a promotion and/or a raise.
3. Never stop practicing
You will spend most of your underwater welding career not actually welding underwater. Some days will be spent on shore supporting divers, tending to the deck, cleaning up, and more. That means you can’t rely on your job to provide all the hands-on experience for your career. Never pass up an opportunity to take part in a drill or assist with a dive, even if it’s before or after the workday.
4. Find a mentor
If there are responsibilities you want to start taking or a move you want to make, find someone with more commercial diving experience and who have related experience in that field and reach out to them regularly. Even grabbing beers, a couple of times a month or getting dinner on a weekend and picking their brain could earn you the nuggets of information you need to make the right moves.
5. Explore lateral moves
Don’t rule out a move to a new job just because it offers a similar salary and benefits as your current job. Working with a new company could offer you new skills and even different methods on how to weld, tender, and more -- and that knowledge could mean your next step is an upward one.
6. Stay committed
There is a lot of turnover in the underwater welding industry because it is a difficult job. If you’re able to stay the course and keep with it, you’ll soon be more experienced than those around you. And if you want to move onto a different opportunity, your résumé will be a lot fuller (and impressive!) to a potential employer.
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