Originally Posted by DisturbedESV
I'm not sure how people can say it's a dieing industry... I mean, when it comes to carpentry work that's a profession that will always be needed. And Jimmeh, just 'cause you hate it doesn't mean this guy will too...
I do agree with doing some work though... I guess I assumed you'd already done that.
I can say it's dying because I am in the trade and I see it dying around me. Even the big companies are complaining about trying to find work, especially when even the rich people and corporations are trying to cut spending by NOT opening new locations or building new buildings. Remodels are about the only thing keeping anybody in business, and even that is a rare thing to find.
Yes, it is a needed profession, and yes you can still find work if you look really hard, but you have to pretty much get out a magnifying glass and find it that way. Plus, the prices of materials are going up every day and as stated, the economy is continuing to go down. I see soon that a lot of companies will be shutting their doors maybe not for good, but only until things do start happening.
I'm saying this from experience, not just pulling it out of my ass. Unless you are in the oil fields building, or you are with one of the larger companies, you are pretty much stuck with the low paying short jobs or none at all.
I am adding to long book, but I will say it again. I am NOT trying to tell you to give up on something you are passionate about. Go ahead and test the waters and try your darndest to get a local job in the carpentry field. All I am saying is don't go to trade school when you can get out in the field and learn more then what they can teach you, AND you will MAKE money rather then spend it. Another piece of advice that I will give you is to go to a local job service and ask for information on apprenticeships. They should give you a book on your local apprenticeship rules and regulations, and give you numbers to current employers looking for apprentices. Be careful about accepting these because some of them will leave out the part that it is an UNPAID apprenticeship and they will even make you pay for some of the training, but there are people out there who will take you under their wing and are willing to pay you.
Not only that, but if you talk to them, there may be companies who are hiring laborers for maybe a couple of days of cleanup or something. TAKE THOSE JOBS! When you get on the job, work your ass off, and let your supervisor know that you are willing to do more then just push a broom, but you'll be happy to do that for a while. Ask questions and when you get answers, ask more. Ask different people the same questions and get their answers and techniques on a different job.
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best of luck and the offer still stands that if you have any other questions or even if you need some advice on a project, PM me.
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