Her freshman year at Mississippi State had not gone as planned, and Holley Thomas needed something to do. Back home in Double Springs, Ala., she decided to try an automotive manufacturing and robotics curriculum at a local community college. The last of the required courses was welding, and she dreaded it. Still, it was a requirement, so she plunged in.
She loved it. While making a weld, she experienced the feeling of peace and concentration described by skiers, golfers and fly-casters, an opportunity to block out the world and focus exclusively on the task at hand.
Thomas was hooked. She took more welding classes and in 2009 was hired as a welder’s helper by Houston-based global construction firm KBR. Since then, she has risen through the ranks to become a piping general foreman and certified welding inspector. In March, the Associated Builders and Contractors named Thomas its craft professional of the year.
“Probably the biggest thing I like when I’m welding is that I’m not thinking about anything except the weld I’m making right then,” Thomas explains. “So it’s very freeing and relaxing at the same time.”
Taking pleasure in one’s craft is common among people who work in construction, so much so that the industry ranked first in a February survey of job satisfaction conducted by TINYpulse, an organization that analyzes employee happiness.
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It has always been said that if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. There are certainly some careers that allow their employees to be extremely happy yet still work very hard. In the article below, a recent survey found that people who work in the construction industry are some of the happiest folks around and here’s why!