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Discuss Is 50 too old for a new career? in the Electrical Courses & Electrical NVQ's area at ElectriciansForums.net

peter.s

New EF Member
Hi, I’m new here :)

I’ve been reading this forum and researching trade courses for some time now because I’m wanting to make a career change. I have not worked in the industry before, but I am multi-skilled and have no doubt that I have the capacity to make a good electrician… but the trouble is, I will be turning 50 in a few months.

At first I thought I could just do a C&G 2365 and then get a job and quickly qualify as an Electrician… But in reality I think it will be a lot more challenging to find work at my age. And if I did find a job, I would be working as an underling for several years before gaining my qualifications and upping my wage.

I’m keen to hear some honest opinions from the professionals. Would I be wasting my time and money to get trained up? And would any firm employ a fifty-year-old novice?
 

Vortigern

Regular EF Member
Rather than dash any hopes, I think you have a pragmatic grasp of the situation and don't need anyone to jinx your latest endeavour. I think you called it about right and see the writing on the wall. How about domestic installer self employed and register with a scheme? Or were you thinking industrial/commercial. If so yes I imagine it would be hard but like all things not impossible. It seems it is a very competitive market currently and a lot of people going for the same job. Experience is king here I think along with qualies.
 

telectrix

Scouser and Proud of It
Respected Member
you can do it.a mate of mine was mid-50's, done a short course as DI. now niceic. OK he still has a learning curve to climb wrt faults, testing etc., but put your mind yo it. esp if you are good with the practical side.
 

buzzlightyear

please let me back in to the prison cell.
Electrician's Arms
yes you can teach a man new tricks ,get a holler hoop ,sod the dog .;)
 

Starjack

Dont hate my success, strive to match it.
Electrician's Arms
Waste of time , be better staying with what you know, I wouldn't employ you or anyone else at that age.
 

telectrix

Scouser and Proud of It
Respected Member
Waste of time , be better staying with what you know, I wouldn't employ you or anyone else at that age.
so that lets me out.scrap heap at 72, courtesy of Starjackoff.. :D:D
 
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Starjack

Dont hate my success, strive to match it.
Electrician's Arms
And apparently I'm not allowed an opinion, thanks to really old scalectrix :oops:
 

telectrix

Scouser and Proud of It
Respected Member
And apparently I'm not allowed an opinion, thanks to really old scalectrix :oops:
nowt wrong with an opinion, but to reject someone out of hand because he's got past teenage pimples is a bit OTT.
 

Starjack

Dont hate my success, strive to match it.
Electrician's Arms
But think of all the baggage someone of that age would bring, he will no doubt need a good income, could be set in his ways, could come with medical issues and the list goes on and all this while your trying to teach him a very hard trade.
That's why I said no thanks!!!!!
 

GMES

Hairy and proud
Staff member
Admin
Guys please watch the language in your replies, I've had to edit 2 already.
 

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