Sherbros that changed careers

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  1. cheesus

    cheesus Silver Belt

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    I'm 31, currently facing redundancy this week although I'm pretty sure I should survive, I won't be out of the woods for a long time with my company making cuts until 2022. I work in the Telecommunications industry as a technical specialist / technician. What once was a thriving industry with a good wage and career prospects has now been shunned by cheap contractor labour costs, offshoring and short term share profits.

    I'll stick around as long as I can, but the threat of job loss is constant threat. I should get a redundancy payout to last 6-8 months with my mortgage at this point. I have no problem going back to a lower wage or furthering education with short term study, but not wanting to lose my house I can't exactly take 3-4 years off work and get a degree.

    Wondering if there are any other sherdoggers who found themselves in a similar situation or simply had enough of what they were doing and took the plunge. Interested to know your story.
     
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  2. Bamboozled

    Bamboozled Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Lol most people change careers way later than that.
     
  3. dembones22

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    <GOT4>Fuk your life and bring back the OT !!
     
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    SamSchmidt Brown Belt Platinum Member

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    I retired from the Army. Just finished school. Now I'm almost 40 and got to get a damn job
     
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  5. cheesus

    cheesus Silver Belt

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    Chill out dude.
     
  6. Graves

    Graves ******WTF Belt****** Platinum Member

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    yea, I went from employed at 49.
    to retired at 50.
    does that count?
     
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    cheesus Silver Belt

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    Did you ?
     
  8. Noveltymortar

    Noveltymortar Uncle Donald is our savior

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    31 is later in life? You barely started shaving. But anyway, people do it all the time. I swirched at about age 40 to start a small business in a totally different field. That was a decade ago and I'm very glad I did it.
     
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    No, I'm not even 30 yet. But my own mother changes careers until she was like 45. She had 3 bachelors degrees and 1 masters. I think even today she isnt doing what she did when she was 45.
     
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    Well it isn't exactly early, at that age it's very unlikely someone would put you on as an apprentice if you were to do a trade.
     
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    Oldest guy at my trade school is 48
     
  12. Cpt Migraine

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    Nothing wrong with change.. just go for it..
     
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    Was it you who issued her grandkids?
     
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    Thought about trying to specialise deeply in your field? Highly specialised roles are harder to offshore or cost cut on. Although they are harder to find jobs and might involve more travel.
    I'm not much chop in telecoms, but I see jobs like fibre splicers as being more resilient to industry offshoring?
    Or is your industry not like that?
     
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    Only if being unemployed is a career.

    My folks didn't seem to think so when I was living in their basement...
     
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    I went from Mining (Gold, Diamond) to doing a Hvac apprenticeship with a wife and 2 kids to support.

    It was not easy losing such a high income and going to the bottom of the ladder work wise but ultimately I'm now on better money while not having to live in a mine camp for 2-3 weeks every month.
     
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    Vitor CroCop Right Wing Liberal Banned

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    Military, then liberal studies degree thought i wanted to teach...now I'm planning on becoming a nurse practitioner. just a few years left. good money and awesome job prospects.
     
  19. ThaiSexPills

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    One of our electricians at my plant went a similar route as you, turning to being an electrician. It was actually because he got fired for an impaired charge but he completed his apprenticeship and is a Red Seal tradesman now.

    Here in Canada, a Red Seal trade is the way to go. You can start one without even taking a pre employment. I got a company to try me as an apprentice 12 years ago and I’ve been an electrician ever since. It’s made me good money and I’ve seen lots of cool stuff
     
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  20. Cuel And Lewk

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    can i do this too please.
     
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