From software to a trade in as little time as possible
November 14, 2011 8:11 PM Subscribe
Career change filter: Is it possible for an experienced professional in a (mostly) unrelated field to fast-track the apprenticeship portion of trades training?
posted by blockhead to work & money (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm very ready for a career change. I've got a BS in Computer Science and 10 years in the software industry. This was a huge mistake and I'm now (finally) prepared to accept a substantial pay cut to do something I like better. I believe I'd prefer a trade.
I loved my brief post-high school job working on diesel engines so I'm thinking about being a heavy equipment mechanic or something similar (suggestions?). I'm wondering if a full 4 year, near-minimum-wage apprenticeship is always necessary or if, with plenty of prior work experience and an education, albeit not directly related, I could complete the training faster.
The reason behind the question is pay. I am willing to take a cut of about 50% for the right job but it looks like apprentices make even less than that... Also, I'm in Canada. BC right now but moving is an option. General advice is very much appreciated. Advice specific to my locale would be tremendous. Thanks in advance, Metafilter.