Practical skills are important, but you can learn them on the job. When you’re starting out, most employers will be more interested in your attitude than your practical ability. Here are some ways to show you’ve got a good attitude:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It shows you’re keen to learn.
  • Show up for work on time each day. If you can’t (like if you’re sick), let your boss know as soon as you can.
  • Show initiative. For example, start cleaning up after you’ve finished a job rather than waiting for your boss to ask you to do it.
  • Ask your boss for advice on how you can achieve your career goals, like asking them how you can eventually become a foreman. This shows your ambition and enthusiasm for your trade.