Work Strong America: Fighting the Skills Gap and encouraging Skilled Trades, Carpentry, Machinists, Welding and others, Similar to Mike Rowe
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Meet the Makers Interview Series: Jason Katwijk, WSA Episode 22
Jan 11, 2016
Interview with Jason Katwijk
At the JLC Live Northwest Show I got the fantastic opportunity to interview Jason Katwijk of Deck Builders: Artistry in Decks. Jason is one of the best examples of what is possible when the right direction and perspective is chosen in pursuit of a career. Here is some of what we cover in our talk.
Next generation, Father, Kim brought him in to pass the torch
Jason started in automotive, didn’t like it
At the end of a project you have something you built with your own hands and that's really rewarding
Owning your own business provides freedom, along with a lot of responsibility
As an owner, you get to decide how much you make and how much you don’t
Lots of friends wit the college route
The trades are dying because of the push for education
What does he advise someone about to go to college?
Education is important, but how you get that education counts, experiential is better
A note to parents: Jason describes the “countdown to retirement” mindset and how so many hate their life, his dad doesn’t hate his life!
If the kids don’t like the academics, don’t be afraid to “test the waters”.
Builders keep everything running, without them society would stop
Vision for the future: the opportunity is there and waiting
Personally wants to stay small to keep a high quality of work and production
Small business with quality work!
What do I like about building? Well, you start with a blank sheet and at the end you have a masterpiece. - Jason Katwijk
You can find Jason and his work at their website by clicking right here.
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