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#3667175 - 03/16/15 03:47 PM Considering a career change, picking up a trade
ryan2022 Offline


Registered: 06/05/06
Posts: 1475
Loc: Peterborough
Hi folks,

This is the most out there post I've ever thrown at the BITOG crew,
but I'm thinking about a career change.

I've been doing Mechanical design/ Engineering work for almost 12 years. I'm just frustrated with the desk work and the vague results, and my ability to find interesting work now that we're living in Alberta. It seems like if you're in the field and aren't in oil the jobs are scarce and the pay is low.

I've been wondering about branching out in my career, BUT, I'm specialized enough that it's really difficult. companies usually look for specific experience from what I've seen over the years.

I'm thinking about a trade. My family has been involved in Plumbing for over 100 years, and I've done it off and on. I'm 36 now though, and don't want to tear my body to shreds (although I'm fit and relatively ache free)

I was thinking CNC machining as well, the schooling isn't terrible and it's an easy progression from what I've been doing.

THEN, I think I'll just suck it up, and settle in for another 25 years of desk jockeying.

Ok, so that was more of a blog. Any thoughts, shoot them my way.

Thanks,

Ryan
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#3667194 - 03/16/15 04:03 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
Do you have a bachelors arts/science degree? Plumbing might be OK if you owned your own business. Oil is a boom/bust career. With engineering you may need to move to an area where there are companies needing mechanical engineers. How about aircraft engineering for someone like Boeing.


Edited by Donald (03/16/15 04:07 PM)
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#3667197 - 03/16/15 04:08 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
Clevy Offline


Registered: 11/11/10
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Loc: Saskatoon canada
Knowledge is power.
And work sucks. Find something you love to do and you'll never get stuck working a day in your life.
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#3667202 - 03/16/15 04:13 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
guyonearth Offline


Registered: 09/26/12
Posts: 63
Loc: Minneapolis, USA
Being a cab driver is better than delivering pizzas. Being a courier is better than being a cab driver. Being a plumber is better than being a carpenter. Being an electrician is better than being a plumber. Being a handsome, in-demand movie actor is better than any of these.

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#3667226 - 03/16/15 04:31 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: guyonearth]
ryan2022 Offline


Registered: 06/05/06
Posts: 1475
Loc: Peterborough
Haha, thanks guys. Well at least I'm laughing now.

Yeah, I think I'm over thinking it. I need to point and shoot.
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#3667249 - 03/16/15 04:43 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21187
Loc: Orlando, FL
I repaired medical equipment for 20 years and made very good money doing field service for a major manufacturer. When I left field service I was making $35 /hour. All you need is an associates degree and willing to go to various schools. Regular OT without boss asking why you need to work it.

Looking for 2 interns for Tampa - Orlando area in near future.

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#3667251 - 03/16/15 04:43 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
Ed_Flecko Offline


Registered: 12/01/14
Posts: 611
Loc: California
Countless adults live unfulfilled lives that are often rooted in the fact that they're doing a job that does not satisfy them. They're often doing a job that does not leverage their natural gifts and abilities.

A number of years ago I heard one of my favorite motivation speakers suggested taking the battery of tests at the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation to find out just what natural skills and abilities you truly have. He then goes on to say that many adults change careers and go on to lead extremely satisfying lives because their "work" is like play - they're finally doing a job that's fun for them because it falls within their natural, human skills and abilities.

"The Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation is a nonprofit scientific research and educational organization with two primary commitments: to study human abilities and to provide people with a knowledge of their aptitudes that will help them in making decisions about school and work. Since 1922, hundreds of thousands of people have used our aptitude testing service to learn more about themselves and to derive more satisfaction from their lives."

http://www.jocrf.org/index.html

Make sense?

smile

Ed

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#3667262 - 03/16/15 04:55 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
Indydriver Offline


Registered: 03/20/11
Posts: 2152
Loc: Indiana
First thing is to get out of Calgary, one of the highest cost-to-live cities in NA. Come to the U.S. I hear immigration policies are easy and there are a lot of jobs available.
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#3667273 - 03/16/15 05:01 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: Ed_Flecko]
ryan2022 Offline


Registered: 06/05/06
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Loc: Peterborough
Thanks guys. That's interesting Ed. I'll look at that tonight. It's a tough balance isn't it?
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#3667284 - 03/16/15 05:11 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
gonefishing Offline


Registered: 10/28/11
Posts: 353
Loc: ND
I went to trade school for machining. Did CNC programming and setup for a few years. Seems to be lots of machining jobs out there. I'm now on the technical sales side of things. If you have any specific questions just let me know.
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#3667294 - 03/16/15 05:19 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: Donald]
turtlevette Offline


Registered: 12/24/13
Posts: 3560
Loc: Massachusetts
Originally Posted By: Donald
Do you have a bachelors arts/science degree?


We really need an answer to this to give any kind of meaningful advice. The more detail the better.

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#3667298 - 03/16/15 05:20 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
Falken Offline


Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 2630
Loc: Montreal, QC, Canada
I lived in Calgary for three years doing downstream oil and gas in reclamation.

The pay was pretty good.

Doing a trade for a small employer in Calgary that isn't in Oil and Gas would be very hard to earn a good wage.

It is really sad that Calgary works that way, but that is just how it is.

The non Oil employers seem to try to grab people with some skills and pay them low, then get mad when the employee leaves for better pay in a more oil related job.

Hone your skills in a manner that you can do something oil related with your current skillset when oil booms, then apply it to a related job when it busts.

Keep your stride going, don't try to reinvent yourself during a downturn in Cowtown. Grow your skills you have now and have fun doing it!!
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#3667299 - 03/16/15 05:21 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
CurtisB Offline


Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 187
Loc: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
As you are an Albertan I will say this: Alberta has a boom and bust oil economy, it has always been and forever shall it be. Almost every job is either directly related to the oil industry, or merely exists as a reflection of it.

Do you know who makes money hand over fist when oil prices are high? Tradesmen. Do you know who is unemployed when oil prices are low? Tradesmen. You have got to earn it while you can in the trades, because the good times do not last.

Right now is not a time to quit a job where you are earning a liveable wage. Right now is a time to be happy you are still employed. The oil companies are shelving projects left right and centre. No construction = no work for construction trades. This includes residential and commercial construction too. When workers aren't bringing home paychecks, no-one is buying/building new homes. When businesses aren't making profits, they aren't expanding into new office buildings, warehouses etc.

Alberta will enter a depression, in fact it already is. My two cents is to stay behind your desk for the time being.
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#3667301 - 03/16/15 05:22 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20450
Loc: Upstate NY
From my perspective, one needs to find a job they enjoy that pays a reasonable salary. Even being a rock star or Jets QB or James Bond gets to be just a job after awhile. Does not mean you do not enjoy it but you probably would not do it if they did not pay you a salary. (OK I might be James Bond for awhile even with no salary).

There is also the people you come into contact with. My SIL is a police detective and he comes into contact with criminals most of the time. I work in computer security and most people I work with have a college degree and have years of computer experience. Doctors and nurses work with sick people.

My Dad after working for many years at Bell Labs (part of old AT&T) as a physicist quit and opened a nursery growing and selling trees. He said it sucks working for other people. (I paraphrased as my Dad never would have said "sucks").

Then there is also your calling. Why did God put you on this planet?
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#3667480 - 03/16/15 07:45 PM Re: Considering a career change, picking up a trade [Re: ryan2022]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21187
Loc: Orlando, FL
If you are near the oil industry, become a welder.

Tuff on the body but worth the money?

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