Samuel-James Wilson – About Me

Firstly I would like to thank Construction Chat for giving me the chance to share my story, I will never get over the fact that people find my writing and my story interesting enough to spend their time reading, so a big thank you to them and also a High5 to you for reading.


My name is Samuel-James Wilson, I am 25 and currently living in Brisbane, Australia. I haven’t been on the sunny side of the world for much over a month though, I am here to continue with my life’s mission.

At the age of 15 I was, how to say…a little…all over the place. I was kicked out of two schools and had no where to turn. I would like to point out that this wasn’t due to some crazy stunt or one major action it was more a build up of lots of little things. I didn’t enjoy school at all, I didn’t like what I was being taught, I was more into making people laugh than doing my homework. At the time that this happened, like I said, I was all over the place and I was placed in a ‘Pupil Referral Unit’. I spent a while here doing basic lessons, doing half days and basically counting down my school days. This all changed one day when I was offered work experience with a local plumber, I did just that and two years later I was a qualified plumber.

Once qualified I found Plumbing to be quite laborious, if even a tad boring. The money was great and the people I worked with were also great I just didn’t enjoy the job as a whole so I looked for something different. I then gained a position with a local builder as a general labourer, two years after this I began my Bricklaying qualification, three years after that I was fully qualified achieving a Distinction and a Merit along the way.
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I had finally found my fortay! I really enjoyed Bricklaying and what I could achieve by doing it. I would spend my spare time (and still do) studying the subject, making an extra effort to ensure I was going to be the best I could be. The days when the building site was closed due to poor weather etc I would go into college and practise building complicated walls, building my skills as much as possible.

A year or so after I was qualified I once again found myself getting a little bored of building extensions and garages and started looking into how I could progress. It soon became clear that Heritage was the way forward. I was lucky enough to gain a Scholarship with The Prince’s Foundation where I spent a year travelling up and down the UK working on some of the most influential architecture in the world and also working alongside some of the most knowledgeable and experienced master craftsman in the country. I qualified from the Scholarship receiving my certificate from HRH The Prince Of Wales.

I now find myself on the other side of the world chasing my dreams. I began my construction career with a life’s mission. I left school with nothing, as I said, so I when I was given the opportunity to learn something, and once I decided I enjoyed it enough, I set myself goals, set myself a mission. My mission – To one day be good enough at what I do to enable me to travel the world, using the skills I have learnt, expanding my building knowledge and experiencing different methods along the way. In the hope that one day I can utilise these skills to help those people less fortunate than myself to build a future for them and their families, whilst I am not anywhere near the charity stage of my life’s mission I am in Australia and that it one HUGE step.

All of what I have achieved in life has not come easy, I have worked on some horrendous building sites and with some horrendous builders who like nothing more than collecting their pay checks and going home without a care in the world. I have always strived for perfection, doing anything I can to improve my work and myself as a person.

I have made my life’s mission my priority and nothing will get in my way of achieving this. I believe that anything can be achieved through hard work, belief and a smile.

To learn more about me and my story head over the my Blog - where you can read a more in depth ‘About Me’ and get in touch via the contact page. I am always happy to talk with people who have been in the same situations as me and who can relate to my story and even with people who’re seeking advice, I am happy to help!

Thank you for your time.

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