So im about to graduate college, and im starting to realize just how worthless my degree is in terms of making any money. As of now im not really planning on using it.
im trying to figure out work for this summer / next winter, and im not keen on ski patrolling, or guiding again, due to the very low pay, and having to always constantly be moving around to maintain work, as well as the scheduling of guiding jobs (7 days on, 4 days off sucks) also not a fan of a majority of the people in the guiding world... im kinda wanting to start settling down and looking at buying a home in the next 5/6 years, if i continue guiding/patrolling, that is completely out of the picture.
ive got a good opportunity rn to start working as an apprentice in a pretty high end wood working shop thru some good connections. ive done physical labor jobs my whole life, and have a little bit of experience in wood working as well, so im not completely oblivious as to what that kind of work looks like. but i was hoping someone whos been in the trades for a while can give their honest opinion about doing it as a longterm career path. give me the pros and cons as best as u can
starting pay would be 20$ an hour (which is already higher than any entry level position i could get w/ my degree), there is periodical raises, as well as ability to advance into journey men/ master woodworker positions thru training/time. the boss is also a big snowboarder which is a bonus. scheduling is also really chill, so i could skip early mornings to ski and work til late afternoon
im not particularly passionate about wood working, but guiding/patrolling (which in my eyes was a "passion") has become just as tedious as any other job. and at 22 years, im kinda looking into getting into a career, which i can develop into something that pays well longterm, so i can buy a house/ begin to become an adult etc etc....
anybody who's been doing this longterm wanna give me some advice / reality checks?
will i still be able to ski 60+ days a year ? is everyone in trades really as depressed as i hear ?
all advice is appreciated, thanks