It seems like every career starts out with a whirl of advice from well-meaning family, friends, or neighbors. But wouldn’t it be better to get it straight from the pros?

When it comes to what education you should invest in, how to present yourself to other professionals, and other questions that are specific to the industry, there’s really no one better to ask than those who have come before you.

Why We’re Asking:

Have you ever wondered whether you’re taking the right steps in starting your career? Even if you’re only trying to understand home improvement from a casual perspective, expert insight is always invaluable. They say that hindsight is 20/20, and everyone wants the benefit of hearing about a successful professional’s experience.

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

How can a person excel in your profession?

From schooling and training to recommended experience and learning, what steps do you suggest to someone looking to pursue your career path?
What credentials and schooling, if any, would you recommend investing in?
What are the pros and cons of your industry?
Any insider information that you wish you had known when first starting?

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!