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Am I too smart to go into a trade?

My family thinks in too smart to go into a trade like welding. My brother is a welder and makes good money and has a steady job and I want that. Plus I like active work like that and working with my hands. They say I'm too smart and it would be a waste of a brain to do that and I should go into engineering. I took an engineering class freshman year and hated it. It was so boring, and the projects sucked. Yeah there's a need for engineers and they make good money but it seems dull. What do you think?

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There's more than one type of engineering, you might love something else, like aerospace engineering, and you can take your welding skills with you.

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Go for what you think is best for you :)

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well if you're as smart as your family thinks then you can do whatever you want.
I know some one who is brilliant and he works third shift at a Wal-Mart and is one of the happiest people I know.

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No your not to smart the world needs good welders and if it whats you want to do then go for it.

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You should do it, sounds fun

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No nobody is too smart. Your parents wants the best for you. They thing that you can get a better job that pays a lot more. That's it.

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They are either afraid you will get bored with a skilled trade, or you are just wanting to be welder because your brother is a welder.

They are trying to broaden your scope. They will be perfectly happy if you are perfectly happy. The catch is they are not convinced that welding is that career path that will make you perfectly happy.

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If you like doing things with your hands...do things with your hands. I used to work in facilities management and let me tell you...Trades people make LOADS of money...especially if something happens when they are off the clock. They are also very smart. Good luck to you and your decision.

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Although welders make good money .. and of course, some are better than others, and likewise make even more money than others .. It is a difficult job that comes with it's own set of hazards to the vision and respiratory systems. It's a good and honest career for anyone.

However, I am thinking your parents may be thinking more about your aptitude than your preference. You have a whole world of options in front of you..I'm think'n that they are think'n .. just dont' jump into the first thing that appeals to you. Explore your options to find a field that you could commit to for the long term.

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This is your life. Do whatever you want. Don't let them pressure you.

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