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Old 01-16-2018, 03:59 PM
 
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I'm a half decade into a job I thought would be my career and im in need of a change .
I only have a high school deploma ; college was not for me .

I want to learn a trade and have a skill set that can't be taken away from me. But I don't know what I would be interested in. I don't think dealing with people's toilets and clogged bathtubs is for me , I'm not very handy or good at math but I do like to learn hands on and have a strong work ethic and fast learner .

I was thinking about maybe HVAC but with any of these trades there is little info on our local unions or how to join etc .

What are some options ?

I also have been scared to learn a trade bevahse I'm under the impression if you have no work you are making no money and I don't like the idea of woundering when or where my next paycheck is comming
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:20 PM
 
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Perhaps there is something here that may work for you: Adult Education at Capital Region Career & Technical School - Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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HVAC is always a good trade. People are always too hot or too cold. Plumbing is also a very good trade. It is more than unclogging toilets.
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:12 AM
 
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Definitely look at that BOCES link ckh posted. I grew up with a few people that went to BOCES and learned a trade and are still doing the trade to this day. From what I've heard, the training is solid.
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:53 AM
 
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What about getting your CDL? I don't have a recommendation as to where to go though.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:44 PM
 
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HVAC is always a good trade. People are always too hot or too cold. Plumbing is also a very good trade. It is more than unclogging toilets.
My uncle owns his own plumbing business and makes very good $$$.
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:34 PM
 
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What about getting your CDL? I don't have a recommendation as to where to go though.
I've thought about that a few times , but that sedentary on the road lifestyle isn't for me and I have bad road rage
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:41 PM
 
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The NYS Dept of Labor has some info about apprenticeship programs on their website that might be a starting point. https://labor.ny.gov/apprenticeship/appindex.shtm
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:42 PM
 
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Having your CDL doesn’t limit you to long road trips driving a rig..your could drive for UPS/ FedEx, drive a bus, dump trucks & other large equipment/trucks for a contractor, drive furniture delivery trucks etc.. but road rage will likely cause an issue for any of these. Best of luck
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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I'm a half decade into a job I thought would be my career and im in need of a change .
I only have a high school deploma ; college was not for me .

I want to learn a trade and have a skill set that can't be taken away from me. But I don't know what I would be interested in. I don't think dealing with people's toilets and clogged bathtubs is for me , I'm not very handy or good at math but I do like to learn hands on and have a strong work ethic and fast learner .

I was thinking about maybe HVAC but with any of these trades there is little info on our local unions or how to join etc .

What are some options ?

I also have been scared to learn a trade bevahse I'm under the impression if you have no work you are making no money and I don't like the idea of woundering when or where my next paycheck is comming
Almost any worthwhile trade these days will require a reasonably good grasp of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. You should get look for some math refresher websites and work through the materials.
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