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Canyon

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Now Im not so sure.....!

Question for all you electricians out there.

I have been given good advise by a number of you already, I am just struggling at the moment with the big decision.

I would like to learn a trade, not to change jobs immediately, but to give me the opportunity to 1) learn something useful/worthwhile/rewarding and 2) Something that will give me an escape from deskjob in the future. 3) something that their will always be a requirement for.

Dont get me wrong, I know full well this is not an instant cash flow. But I do know with hardwork anmd determination, I will be able to progress and earn a living out of it.

The problem I have is that I cant decide between Electrician/Plumbing.

I dont have any experience in either, but I know both of them will be just as rewarding as the other.

I guess it is coming down to where there is more opportunity for work.....

Can anyone please provide any advice whatsoever......

Much appreciated

Cheers

Canyon
 
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Grae79

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would say there's an equal amount of opportunity in both trades. depends which you prefer more. would imagine will both take around the same time to learn; same sort of work (i.e. hands dirty, using your noggin once in a while); wages relatively the same. so it's just down to personal choice in the end. :)
 
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EasyFox

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Do plastering.......I'm not being sarcastic there is a big demand for them at the moment.
But if its a ---- up between plumbing & sparkin just think along the lines of
"can you change my 30year old crud encrusted toilet & soil pipe":eek:
I know what I'd sooner be doing.... Cables every time for me :D.
 
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Canyon

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Cheers for advice guys.

v helpful.
 
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markthespark

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Definately do electrics, plastering is hard hard graft, plumbing is awkward. With electrics it gives you more opportunites to do forgeiners and small jobs to earn you some good money. For example, you will always get people asking you to change light fittings, soclets, switches and add extra sockets and outside lights, downlighters etc.

But you dont get people asking you to change the odd radiator or fit a new kitchen every day do you? So i wouldnt bother with plumbing.
 
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wayne

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electrics take more thinking about so you won't be bored stiffless soldering joints all day
 
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Grae79

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don't think that much soldering even goes on these days....see alot of plastique being used. and you can't say lectrics take more thinking about really; have seen some pretty impressive plumbing jobs. have done basic pipe soldering and what-not myself over the yrs just as diy but some of the more complex things like full heating/water installs are daunting to say the least.
 
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Bane

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Neither.

Go into Health and Safety (Inspector).
Or Site Manager.

If your prepared to put the years in at college.
 
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Cirrus

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A good spark will easily out - earn a bloody site manager Bane and they are all ----ers!:mad:
 
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MacSparky

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A good spark will easily out - earn a bloody site manager Bane and they are all ----ers!:mad:
Lmao.....unfortunately you'll always come across the odd ----er!!:)
 

Dan

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Tilers' do well for themselves. Though I'm sure a sparky or a plumber would too, I just can't vouch for that personally.

One thing I will say.

Always try to get the business in before training to 'test the water'. Always checkout 4 or 5 training centre's (for each trade) - always speak to other's in the trade beforehand (checkout our other forum's perhaps?) and never sit and wait for the phone to ring.

On our tilers' site we have umpteen threads that members have contributed all about how they got their business going - it's great for other's to read. We'll have to get something going on here too. I'll dig up something.

I just posted THIS thread to help people find work. :)
 
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i think you should find one which you'll enjoy, and will be willing to learn the trade rather the one which is most paid. electrics is good, plumbings not my cup of tea, and tiling/plastering is a work of art to master.!!!!
 
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Richard

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Be an electrican mate. Don't bother with those other semi-skilled trades ;)
 
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stevie h

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Electrician over a plumber every time mate , but if i had chance to start over I'd take a serious look at being a heating engineer , not to be confused with a plumber , fixing boiler break downs , its good money and not too taxing physically .


Ste:)
 
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