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    Default Re: Advice needed - change of career

    Based on experience of electricians who have come through short course entrance. Once course is successfully completed, a portfolio necessary to join an inspecting body and self certify can be achieved working alone. eg. rewiring a house. Opportunity for work at start of career is therefore independent of those who might consider you future competition.
    Regarding hypo incidents. When things go wrong in plumbing it usually requires an immediate response. Going 14 hours without food and driving home at 2.00am in the morning may be unusual but not unknown.
    Also knew sparky whose wife sent him off to work with a tie. She insisted we call him an Electrical Engineer. Told her I was after a rewire not build a power station.
    Wish you success on future career path.

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    Based on experience of electricians who have come through short course entrance. Once course is successfully completed, a portfolio necessary to join an inspecting body and self certify can be achieved working alone. eg. rewiring a house. Opportunity for work at start of career is therefore independent of those who might consider you future competition.
    Regarding hypo incidents. When things go wrong in plumbing it usually requires an immediate response. Going 14 hours without food and driving home at 2.00am in the morning may be unusual but not unknown.
    Also knew sparky whose wife sent him off to work with a tie. She insisted we call him an Electrical Engineer. Told her I was after a rewire not build a power station.
    Wish you success on future career path.

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    I appreciate all the advise, however I refer back to my original question.

    has anyone gone through the fast trac process? Experiences finding work?

    self employed/ business owners if such an applicant approached for the portfolio, views?

    anyone gone through with mentoring?

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    Why does everyone want a 'career change' to get into Plumbing?

    I want someone to post a thread about a 'career change' to get out of Plumbing.

    Any success stories?
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    Why does everyone want a 'career change' to get into Plumbing?

    I want someone to post a thread about a 'career change' to get out of Plumbing.

    Any success stories?



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    Honest answer is that the industry is swamped with immigrants , firemen doing it as a second job and Everyman and their dog who wants a career change joining the industry with thoughts it's an easy path to riches. Sorry to be so blunt but at 38, no expierience, the only real chance you've got is if you know someone who is willing to take you on especially the gas route. Very very few working gas engineers are going to train someone, look at the responses etc already on the forum only in the last few days. Negative response but honest and truthful.

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    Thanks to everyone who offered there advise, but it would seem that I have had a luck break.

    Decided to go and have a chat with a few local companies, I thought a face to face chat would be better than a phone call or email, and the second place a visited I got chatting with the md in the reception and it would seem I landed on my feet, I explained my situation which he was very sympathetic to, and offered me a job there and then, obviously subject to references etc, agreed to stump up half the costs of training with the remainder after 12 months of employment. Safe to say very happy with the outcome.

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