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Old 04-21-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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Hi, New to the forum. I've been seriously thinking about getting into the trade and have a few questions. Currently, I sit in an office and am about four years out of graduating college with a business administration degree. The short of it is, I am in my second job since school and the thought of sitting inside all day in front of a computer and on a phone for the next 30+ years makes me shiver. I took some construction electrical and wiring classes inn high school and really enjoyed them. I was also fortunate enough to work under the advice of a Master Electrician while I was a maintenance guy for a local business. He helped me install wiring, lighting, outlets, in an expansion and put in a 200 amp service. I came to enjoy the limited amount of electrical work we did there together, but soon left to pursue a degree, probably because my parents insisted on it. I now know that I won't be happy unless I'm working with my hands, breaking a sweat, and actually building/creating something.

I'm no stranger to hard work and know I would have to pay my dues with grunt work/coffee runs but am I crazy for giving up my degree to be an electrician? Does having a business degree help me in this trade? How will it be received? How are the industry/work prospects these days?

Also, I'm looking to join my local IBEW through an apprenticeship and they are accepting applications. Best case scenario I would start this fall...worst case start next year...depending on my score of course.

Thank you in advance for any advice, thoughts, or comments.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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Hi, New to the forum. I've been seriously thinking about getting into the trade and have a few questions. Currently, I sit in an office and am about four years out of graduating college with a business administration degree. The short of it is, I am in my second job since school and the thought of sitting inside all day in front of a computer and on a phone for the next 30+ years makes me shiver. I took some construction electrical and wiring classes inn high school and really enjoyed them. I was also fortunate enough to work under the advice of a Master Electrician while I was a maintenance guy for a local business. He helped me install wiring, lighting, outlets, in an expansion and put in a 200 amp service. I came to enjoy the limited amount of electrical work we did there together, but soon left to pursue a degree, probably because my parents insisted on it. I now know that I won't be happy unless I'm working with my hands, breaking a sweat, and actually building/creating something.

I'm no stranger to hard work and know I would have to pay my dues with grunt work/coffee runs but am I crazy for giving up my degree to be an electrician? Does having a business degree help me in this trade? How will it be received? How are the industry/work prospects these days?

Also, I'm looking to join my local IBEW through an apprenticeship and they are accepting applications. Best case scenario I would start this fall...worst case start next year...depending on my score of course.

Thank you in advance for any advice, thoughts, or comments.

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I'll take a roll of 12/2 mc cable. and 1000' of 4" Rigid Metal Conduit..
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Jump right in and have some fun..
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Welcome to the forum, how long will it take to get your degree?
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
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Welcome

Sounds like you have a good attitude and a strong decision ahead of you. Shoot most of the younger generation thinks the opposite of you. I think we like you

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It sounds to me like your experience is in commercial/industrial work. You'll find that residential is quite different.
I hope you still love it when you do it for a living.
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