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MatthewMedcalf

Am I dumb for wanting to go into a trade?

It seems like all my school does is force the whole idea of Higher education. They do way more time boasting about it, and hardly talk about tech schools, trades, ect. A good majority of people I know are going to a 4 year school and when I tell them I'm going for welding seems like they look down on me. I'm smart and In AP classes but I think I'm the smarter one. College is ridiculously expensive, plenty of people drop out because it's too expensive and hard, and there's plenty of job opportunities in the trades. It just bugs me how people look down on blue collar workers, I want to work for my money not sit in a desk all day.

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rustyboilerz

No, and I'll tell you why, few today WANT to get their hands dirty through hard physical labor. Nearly all of the trades are coming up short when it comes to filling the available work positions. I started my career as an automotive engineer, and ended up a master certified automotive technician. Odd to work down the ladder of success, but I was so much happier for it! Good luck on ANY path you choose! ;)

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If you good in school like you said in ap classes why don't you go for engineering they are highly needed and pay extremely well. And just think if you get into a trade by the time they are done school you can almost be a journeyman and you can start your own business or start Independed contracts to make a lot of money. In Canada idk where you are from going into a trade is not a bad idea. Do what you want to do being that it will make you happy and not do a job that you don't like.

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No, the college degree route isn't for everyone. At the same time, it doesn't hurt to keep your options open and see what's out there and if there's a better fit for you.

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Good for you! You know what you want and you have a plan. Some people will look down on blue collar and that is their problem. I have friends of all economic statuses, and it keeps me well balanced. You are way ahead of the game. Good luck to you!

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bradahh

Yore attitude already puts you ahead of the pack. Keep it up. No matter what you decide to do as long as you do your best and work hard you'll prosper in it. I went to trade school to be a firefighter. I don't make as much money as some of my friends who went to college, but I'm happy. I don't do what I do for money...I do it because it makes me happy to save people and their property. Do what you love...and you can't go wrong.

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You're pretty damn smart.
My closest cousin is a welder; & has done exceptionally well for himself & his family.
Do what you want & enjoy.
God bless & good luck!!

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FunnyLittleFrog
It's true, welding is a good job.
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FunnyLittleFrog

I think you are being smart. Many professions do not require a 4 year degree and it's a waste for the person to get into debt for that. And welding is close to my heart since my brother was a welder and he is now a helicopter pilot and makes an excellent living. So do what's right for you for good reasons and not what is pressured onto you by people who don't really know.

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Why isn't he a welder anymore? Was he unable to find a job?
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Some of the most intelligent people I know work in the trades. Having a trade you really know is absolutely valued and valuable v

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