As ever, gaining a skill will give you a much better chance of getting a job that pays well. If you are not 'academic' train as a brickie, and if you are, look to surveying. But over the past 8 years those skills have made your economic life very difficult indeed. All it is possible to say is that luck is a vital ingredient in everyone's life. But as Gary Player once famously said: 'the harder I practice, the luckier I get'.
A shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry pushed up wages in the sector in 2015 and could threaten some of the government’s biggest housing and infrastructure programmes, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has said. Bricklayers and quantity surveyors were in particularly short supply, with six in 10 Rics survey respondents having difficulty finding them for projects.