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Ok, so I went into college not knowing what I wanted, I left and got a dead end job at a local warehouse making 31k a year. Not bad for a 23 year old. But I want a job with potential for advancement and pay increases. People have mentioned to me to find a trade and I blew it off at first. But now I'm seriously considering it. I like working with my hands and I have a strong work ethic.
An electrician seems to appeal to me the most.
1. Is the job market really expected to grow in the coming years?
2. Is the job stability really that bad? I've seen very mixed answers.
3. How hard is it to land a job as an apprentice? I understand it's less pay and I would be fine with that for a limited time.
4. Should I take classes at a trade school and find a jobs from there, or try to join the IBEW?
5. And what are the pros and cons of being in an independent group vs an union?
6. If I join the IBEW, can I leave at anytime.
Thanks for any replies. I'm at that point in my life where I need to figure stuff out for real. And I don't really have anyone to ask these type of questions to.
If you have any other advice or things for me to think about, please post them.
 

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Ok, so I went into college not knowing what I wanted, I left and got a dead end job at a local warehouse making 31k a year. Not bad for a 23 year old. But I want a job with potential for advancement and pay increases. People have mentioned to me to find a trade and I blew it off at first. But now I'm seriously considering it. I like working with my hands and I have a strong work ethic.
An electrician seems to appeal to me the most.
1. Is the job market really expected to grow in the coming years?
2. Is the job stability really that bad? I've seen very mixed answers.
3. How hard is it to land a job as an apprentice? I understand it's less pay and I would be fine with that for a limited time.
4. Should I take classes at a trade school and find a jobs from there, or try to join the IBEW?
5. And what are the pros and cons of being in an independent group vs an union?
6. If I join the IBEW, can I leave at anytime.
Thanks for any replies. I'm at that point in my life where I need to figure stuff out for real. And I don't really have anyone to ask these type of questions to.
If you have any other advice or things for me to think about, please post them.

Hello Welcome aboard...:thumbup:

If you can get into the IBEW then do it,

If you leave the IBEW you will probably never be welcomed back so don't leave unless you do not want to be an electrician.

Is it hard to get in?

It sure is otherwise electricians would only make $5 an hour.

Outside of the IBEW.

How hard is it to land a job as an apprentice?

It is just as hard otherwise electricians would only make $5 an hour.:laughing:

There is always a need for electricians,your apprenticeship will be 5 years of hard work,from going to school at night to learning the joys of busting rocks during the day:laughing:(sorry):)

Try to learn the motors,controls,PLC's section of electrical work and you be worth top dollar some day.

Also study the business end of the trade as well even if you do not plan on being an electrical contractor.
 

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Ok, so I went into college not knowing what I wanted, I left and got a dead end job at a local warehouse making 31k a year. Not bad for a 23 year old. But I want a job with potential for advancement and pay increases. People have mentioned to me to find a trade and I blew it off at first. But now I'm seriously considering it. I like working with my hands and I have a strong work ethic.

An electrician seems to appeal to me the most.

1. Is the job market really expected to grow in the coming years?

2. Is the job stability really that bad? I've seen very mixed answers.

3. How hard is it to land a job as an apprentice? I understand it's less pay and I would be fine with that for a limited time.

4. Should I take classes at a trade school and find a jobs from there, or try to join the IBEW?

5. And what are the pros and cons of being in an independent group vs an union?

6. If I join the IBEW, can I leave at anytime.

Thanks for any replies. I'm at that point in my life where I need to figure stuff out for real. And I don't really have anyone to ask these type of questions to.

If you have any other advice or things for me to think about, please post them.

If you want to be rich become a plumber.


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I'd rather not do plumbing. I don't care if I'm not making 100k/year or whatever. As long as I live comfortably. I can't do that on 31k with a 50 cent raise each year.
 

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I'd rather not do plumbing. I don't care if I'm not making 100k/year or whatever. As long as I live comfortably. I can't do that on 31k with a 50 cent raise each year.

In 1992 My boss said I'm going to give you a 10 cents an hour raise:eek::laughing:

I got another $3 an hour by walking out that day and going somewhere else:laughing:

f-him:laughing:
 
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