Tradie: “He’s a hard-working bloke who doesn’t beat about the bush. His day starts when the sun comes up, but he can’t even begin to think before his egg and bacon roll. Then he’s on a roll.”, according to News Corp Australia.
We all identify the Aussie Tradie as our go-to person for all things electric, construction, building, plumbing, repairs, etc. Do we really know the Tradie? Who they are, what they do, how their day looks like? Let’s get to know the Tradie, shall we?
The average day of a Tradie is often longer than a 9-5 job. The day typically starts at the crack of dawn, sometimes as early as 5:30 in the morning, when the normal office worker hits the snooze button on the alarm clock, not even to start their day. After morning routines, they’re off to the site.
The job site would prove to be a challenge to be faced as work continues in all sorts of weather of conditions.. From the summer heat to the low temperatures of the winter season, a tradie’s job does not stop.
Noon comes and it’s time for a well-deserved break at the lunchroom or to their trucks to grab a bite to eat, shoot the breeze with co-workers and just hang out.
Lunch is done. Then to work again to finish off the rest of the day and get the job done.
There’s an upside to the Tradies’ early morning start. They will beat the peak-hour traffic. They are not taking any work home with them. They are not even thinking about work. They are free to spend their evenings as they wish. And they have all the intellectual wonders of the world available to them at the click of a button.
At the end of a hard day’s work, the Tradie will take off his hard hat, hang up his hi-Vi’s and say “Righto, that’ll do. I’m off to the pub.” said Mitchell Browne in a Sydney Morning Herald article.
Tradie for a Day video by Lucia Stein