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New career paths, exciting times

Well, as anyone who ever reads my rambling blog might know, tomorrow is my last day of working as a Financial Outreach Worker, due to being made redundant/laid off/downsized as a result of massive government budget cuts in the UK.

To be fair, I was beginning to get sick of it really, after 18 years of working various roles in the 'welfare' field I've become quite desensitized to continuous tales of woe and sadness, so a change was definitely about time.

My new plan is to return to college in September and train to become a plumber. It's a medium term plan because I've still got more than 30 years of working left before I can retire so a few years invested in this trade is certainly worthwhile in my mind. I'm also looking forward to using tools which are different to a pen, laptop and telephone!
I can get some funding for the college course fees but the more difficult part is the need to find weekend/evening work to pay my bills and put food on the table while I'm learning.

Result! After a few phone calls and application forms, I'm starting a course next week for the qualification to get an SIA License to be able to work in security. This is a requirement for anyone who wishes to be a 'door supervisor' (at nightclubs/bars/etc), and to be able to work as a guard anywhere else.
The UK government are even paying it for me (almost 1000) because I'm being laid off this month, so once I get the license, it's my ticket to 15-20 per hour part time work to keep me going while I'm at college.

Ah, exciting times, new challenges and fresh paths...can't wait Smile

8 blog comments below

What kind of education do you need to become a plumber and how long does it take to become one?
Bondings on Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:05 pm
Minimum 2 years at my local Further Education College to get the qualifications needed to become self-employed and/or attractive to an employer. I'm pretty good with the pipework basics anyway, but you need the paperwork to legally touch boilers/hot water systems and the like.
There are actually faster routes into the trade by paying thousands for an intensive course, but this slower (and cheaper option) is the way forward for me.

I've got an added bonus that one of my friends who is a self-employed plumber has also offered me 'trainee/general grunt' work while I'm learning, so that will definitely help. She's also a female friend of mine so that should be interesting...and no she hasn't got arms like a weightlifter, and yes, she is pretty! Laughing
watersoul on Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:43 pm
That is a career change for sure. Best of luck to you! Being able to work in field while you train will be very good experience as long as you work on the right plumbing - laugh.
standready on Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:39 pm
@ standready, ROFL! Laughing

*Update* The SIA training course has had to be re-scheduled for at least a month, something to do with late paperwork and an 'office mess-up', so instead of starting that yesterday, I went on a job hunt mission to start raising cash again!

What a successful day today, starting work tomorrow morning with a national charity which provides support services for disabled and elderly people. It's based in one of their help centres and will involve first point of contact phone advice.
It's paying well above minimum wage (enough to pay all my bills and have some fun), a nice clean office environment, and it's satisfying work for an altruistic non profit organisation which I have a fair amount of respect for from previous dealings with external clients of theirs.

Absolutely smiling to myself now though Smile
I am of course still looking for improvement/change/new plans etc, but the main thing is that I'm earning again and know where my next money is coming from!
...and the best part is although I finished work last week, I'm still technically 'on holiday' as my previous employer owed me two weeks holiday pay - this means I haven't even been officially unemployed at all - Ah, relax, breathe and chill again, panic station over! Smile
watersoul on Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:29 pm
Now this is AWESOME news Watersoul.The world must be on the up and up where you are! Looks as though you have a wonderful opportunity to get a nest egg together before you embark on your plumbing course. Are you still planning to do the course? I think that is an awesome idea. There is real money in it as far as I can see. There has to be a possibility for you to start your own business too and yes, you seem to be in an ideal position of meeting some pretty nice ladies as well. I can just imagine you fixing pipes while you are being served with beer and refreshments .... Very Happy

Oops! I thought I was responding to a post that was made on 30 April, I now notice it was 30 March. Very Happy How has the new job been, and have you started the course? Very Happy
deanhills on Sun May 01, 2011 8:22 pm
Cheers fella, I've had to alter my short term plans for the moment, but I'm still on a mission to become a plumber, paperwork is signed for college in September, just need to pay for it first! Wink
watersoul on Sun May 01, 2011 8:26 pm
I love your blogs, wow! Excellent stuff. Hope you will be writing again soon. I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for them. Very Happy
deanhills on Sun May 01, 2011 8:34 pm
Appreciate the comments Dean, I've been a bit lame on the blogging side lately though, other more important stuff going on in the 'real' world! Smile
watersoul on Sun May 01, 2011 8:53 pm

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