How to drive your electrical career forward and grow your potential

As an electrician, you can control your own career path and earning potential. Mick Fitzgerald, Director, Options Skills, shares his tips for driving your electrical career forward.

It’s never too late. Regardless of your age or existing skillset, professional development is all about determination. The best part? There are options that allow you to continue to earn while you learn.

Why upskill? 

  1. Switch up your career path

 Building your skillset and work experience can open up new career possibilities that you may not have considered before, whether that’s shifting to self-employment or experiencing a completely different challenge in a new electrical role. Upskilling can also help you to take control of your own earnings, giving you greater financial flexibility.

  1. Greater job stability

 If you are trained to do more complex electrical work, you’ll unlock a new stream of demand for your services, offering higher job stability and security. Additionally, if you’re not self-employed, and are looking to boost connections with local employers, investing in upskilling can be a great way to show your commitment to your career and development.

  1. Earn as you learn

 There are many training opportunities that can enable you to bring in an income while you learn. This means you don’t necessarily need to return to college and take an earnings break to get to where you want to be.

What are the different career paths available?

  • Domestic Electrical Installer (DEI) – one of the most common roles, DEIs are responsible for working on domestic dwellings, undertaking single phase domestic repairs and installations.
  • Installation Electrician – installs systems for a range of sites, from commercial to construction, such as power and security systems.
  • Renewable Energy Technician – working within the sustainability industry to install and maintain green energy systems.
  • Electrical Supervisor – responsible for managing your own team, training employees and ensuring projects are completed on time and in line with client expectations.
  • Electrical Drafter – responsible for creating technical drawings (blueprints) of electrical systems to guide electrical work. 

So, what are the steps to upskilling?

  1. Do your research – understand where you want to be and what it takes to get there – what qualifications do you need, how long will it take, how much will it cost, etc.
  2. Set targets – set yourself short, medium and long term targets to guide your progress and keep you on track to achieving your goal.
  3. Speak to training providers – there’s no onward commitment for a conversation. Training providers can help you to see your priorities clearly, and often can even help you to think about career possibilities you hadn’t considered before.
  4. Select the right training provider for you – choose to work with a training provider that will help to guide you towards your career goal, supporting you throughout your training journey.
  5. Take the plunge – when you know where you want to be, and what it takes to get there, it’s time to take the plunge.

For more information or support in advancing your electrical career, visit or call 0808 169 2548.

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