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Bricklayers/brickmason apprenticeship

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Hi,

I'm trying to get into a skilled trade apprenticeship program because for most programs, college these days isn't worth it (fact). I already applied to my local brickmason's union for an apprenticeship. I called them today to let them know that I will be passing the road test soon. I got a letter saying that in the fall I will be contacted to schedule an interview. In the meantime I got rehired at a retail store as a cashier. Hopefully I can make arrangements with the store that I can work the cash register in the evenings and do the bricklayer during the day. In the winter my hours will get crazy (the same but opposite of the apprenticeship). I was/is an information technology major at my local community college. But after I got the bill it was $1500 for 2 classes (7 hours of classes) (part time semester). college these days isn't worth it unless you're a doctor or a lawyer. In computer science/IT, it makes a lot of sense that half of them make it and half of them don't. This is just an update on the job front.
 

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Hi,

I'm trying to get into a skilled trade apprenticeship program because for most programs, college these days isn't worth it (fact). I already applied to my local brickmason's union for an apprenticeship. I called them today to let them know that I will be passing the road test soon. I got a letter saying that in the fall I will be contacted to schedule an interview. In the meantime I got rehired at a retail store as a cashier. Hopefully I can make arrangements with the store that I can work the cash register in the evenings and do the bricklayer during the day. In the winter my hours will get crazy (the same but opposite of the apprenticeship). I was/is an information technology major at my local community college. But after I got the bill it was $1500 for 2 classes (7 hours of classes) (part time semester). college these days isn't worth it unless you're a doctor or a lawyer. In computer science/IT, it makes a lot of sense that half of them make it and half of them don't. This is just an update on the job front.
Best of luck with whatever career you settle on.
 
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This is an objectively terrible idea.
 
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Best of luck with whatever career you settle on.
This is an objectively terrible idea.
I believe I agree with .Scott.
 
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I'm trying to get into a skilled trade apprenticeship program because for most programs, college these days isn't worth it (fact).
I don't see a real purpose for this thread, but since this is the career advice forum, I'm going to give you some:

You should put more organized/serious thought into what you want your life to look like, make a plan, and then execute it.
 
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I don't see a real purpose for this thread, but since this is the career advice thread, I'm going to give you some:

You should put more organized/serious thought into what you want your life to look like, make a plan, and then execute it.
I agree with that also. Bricklayer or brick mason is a very different kind of career or work than something in I.T. or Computer Science. Your job and career plans seem unfocused, and you both need to have or maintain some employment and figure out what you want to do for a job later and how to prepare/where to prepare for that career.
 
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To be honest if I can get the skilled trade then I'll settle with that one. Because the skilled tradespeople will be upper middle class in the future and there are vast majority only minimum wage computer jobs out there that are coming back. You can't survive independently on a minimum wage job.
 
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To be honest if I can get the skilled trade then I'll settle with that one. Because the skilled tradespeople will be upper middle class in the future and there are vast majority only minimum wage computer jobs out there that are coming back. You can't survive independently on a minimum wage job.
Ok, this needs to stop being your personal dumping/complaining grounds. If not for you own sake, for the sake of PF's quality. So please provide sources for those key claims:

1. How much does a bricklayers make in your region?
2. What's the income limit for upper-middle class?
3. What is a minimum wage computer job? (show an actual listing or description with statistics)

It really feels like you are making this up as you go along (and it looks like nonsense); venting, not thinking. Please show me I'm wrong (or correct it if I'm right) or this thread will need to be closed.
 
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To be honest if I can get the skilled trade then I'll settle with that one. Because the skilled tradespeople will be upper middle class in the future and there are vast majority only minimum wage computer jobs out there that are coming back. You can't survive independently on a minimum wage job.
I don't think so, beyond that do you want to be laying brick in your 50s? If you are smart enough to start a company maybe it will work out, I suspect percentage wise the odds aren't in your favor.
 
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Umm, wouldn’t a masonry forum be a better place for this thread? I don’t know what sort of useful advice you can get here for this.

I have temporarily closed this while the mentors discuss if masonry careers are fruitful to discuss here.

Edit: we will leave this closed. We don’t have the correct expertise to adequately advise you on this topic
 
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