How to Become an Electrician While Working Full-Time

How to Become an Electrician While Working Full-Time

At Access Training, over 70% of our students successfully qualify as electricians while juggling full-time work commitments. This might seem daunting at first, but with the right approach and guidance, you can achieve your career goals while maintaining your current work schedule.

Here’s the process most of our students followed:

Step 1: Choose your electrical qualification

Think of your career goals and choose a relevant qualification. Core electrical qualifications include:

LCL Awards Domestic Electrical Installer (DEI) Qualification

Level 3 Certificate in the Building Regulations for Electrical Installations in Dwellings

All of our qualifications have been selected to enable you to be employed at different levels within the industry. 

Step 2: Find flexible learning solutions

Explore online learning options, part-time evening courses, and blended learning programs that allow you to learn at your own pace and schedule.

Most of our students who are working full-time use our pre-recorded webinars. They dedicate time when they can to watch the pre-recorded webinars and go through materials. 

Step 3: Divide your learning into digestible steps

Break down the training program into smaller, achievable modules. Focus on one concept at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Our full-time working students used our platform to help them divide their learning into easy-to understand steps. 

Step 4: Get your network to support you

Let your close ones know about your career goals. You are going to have a new commitment that will need your time and energy. Your network can be the force that will help you with your learning. Sharing commitments with other people in your life can help you maintain your studies. 

For example, having someone to share responsibilities like childcare with could help free up additional time you could dedicate to your studies.  

Step 5: Build your support network in the industry

Connect with other electrician students or professionals for support, advice, and study group opportunities.

90% of our students reported that learning is easier when you are surrounded by like-minded people. Many people found new friends during their hands-on practical training.

Step 6: Set reasonable deadlines & reward yourself

Without pacing yourself, it is easy to get lost. Set yourself reasonable deadlines and reward yourself for meeting them. This is how you teach your brain to achieve more. 

After you’ve divided your work into chunks, set your daily time for training, and give yourself a realistic date by which you want to finish your learning.

Decide what you will give yourself as a reward. It may be something as simple as going to the pub with your friends or buying yourself something pleasant. 

Step 7: Plan your practical training in advance

With your practical training, the experience is broken up into blocks. This helps you to plan in advance the best way to manage your time so that your lifestyle remains uninterrupted. 

Many of our full-time working students schedule their practical training for weekends. This allows them to get qualified without losing their current income.

Step 8: Get your reps in: prepare for the certification exams

After you’ve accomplished your theory and practice, you will be taking exams. And one of the most important tasks of your examiner is to make sure you will stay alive and keep your clients alive too. That’s why you need to really understand what you are doing. 

When you train with Access, you can do a mock test before every exam as many times as you need. While using mock tests, make sure you look up everything that looks confusing or anything that you don’t quite understand. Our tests are designed in such a way that you repeat everything you learned. 

Step 9: Prepare your CV

Start preparing your CV in advance. Most of the employers will require you to have electrical qualification. Also, most recruiters will want to see that the person is thorough and has attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well with their hands. Many employers want their future employees to be good team players. 

At Access, we have a CV builder as a part of our student platform. Also, our team offers 3 years of career support to all our students. This includes career advice from our recruiting team, consistent work opportunities on our student portal, and answering your questions if you get stuck. 

Step 10: Find a work placement

Many training programs incorporate work placements as an essential part of the learning process. For example, at Access, when you get qualified we share your CV with our affiliate partners. Students are able to get their first interviews and jobs via our network

Use your network, contact local electrical companies, or speak to your training provider for placement opportunities compatible with your full-time work schedule.

We have thousands of successful students who became qualified and successful electricians, even with a full-time job in hand. If you need advice on which courses will suit you best, reach out. Our expert course advisors will point you in the right direction. 

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