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04-08-2018, 10:07   #16
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I'm constantly considering this myself. Just about to turn 35, in a pretty well paid office job, 2 kids and a mortgage. If I'd it to do over, pretty sure if go straight into electrician apprenticeship. I've never exactly had a dream job (well, if it sad possible to earn what I do now as a push bike courier, its be doing that) , but always swore I wouldn't work in an office.
Stumbled into a temp job in 2008 and have kinda just gone with the flow since, but always meaning to do something more interesting/enjoyable.
Have been wondering lately if it is too late to start over.
Finances for a couple of years would obviously be the main concern.
It might sound stupid, but I also always worried that I might not be enough of a 'lad' for the trade world. No interest in sport or a lot of ****e that I stereotypically think passes the day chatting for a lot of guys.
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Most consumers or builders even through the recession find it hard to get professional competent tradesman. The vast majority are not very good and unprofessional, sloppy. Lots of stories in the UK of people swapping white collar jobs for trades and doing really well.

So if you are good you will always have work.
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It might sound stupid, but I also always worried that I might not be enough of a 'lad' for the trade world. No interest in sport or a lot of ****e that I stereotypically think passes the day chatting for a lot of guys.
I wouldn't worry about being a "lad" I go to work most days and barely speak to anyone, can't be listening to the ****e talk anymore... All your boss will want is you to able to do your job.
As long as your respectful to people you'll get along with most of them.
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I know it's two years old but how did you lads get on?
Did you go for it? I'm considering it at 29
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I know it's two years old but how did you lads get on?
Did you go for it? I'm considering it at 29
If it’s something you really want to do and if you can survive on the salary for the first 2 years go for it.

What industry / trade are you looking at?
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12-02-2020, 10:59   #21
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If it’s something you really want to do and if you can survive on the salary for the first 2 years go for it.

What industry / trade are you looking at?
I can probably survive without much problems.
Carpentry, I would have an interest in building in wood and wood interiors. I will need to find someone to take me on, that will be the tricky part as I dont have many contacts.
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I can probably survive without much problems.
Carpentry, I would have an interest in building in wood and wood interiors. I will need to find someone to take me on, that will be the tricky part as I dont have many contacts.
Well that’s good. Regards being taken on, might be a bit tricky but things are flying again so might not be to hard once your genuine.

Where are you based?
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I know it's two years old but how did you lads get on?
Did you go for it? I'm considering it at 29
I haven't made any moves; to be honest things have been tight enough as it is financially and I don't think we'd be able to make it work yet. We could if we had to, but would be v tough to take it on by choice.
Wonder did the op take the plunge?
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Quite a few people that I know have retrained as aircraft mechs via traineeships or mature apprenticeships, certainly a good few in their early to mid 30s, at Dublin Aerospace or the MROs in Shannon. In the current Corona environment, no point in trying but when things pick up, it's worth a shot.
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