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Thread: Possible career change

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    Possible career change

    So I am currently working as a mechanic/mot tester.
    I am finding more and more that I don't enjoy going to work anymore
    Part of the problem is that I work for an idiot that means everything I do is second guessed or pointless, and I feel I could manage my own time better if just left alone.
    with this in mind I keep thinking about working for myself in some capacity.

    The other half of me frankly hates my chosen career. This is for a number of reasons:
    1) half of the job is exceptionally dull and the other half is becoming more and more technical that as soon as you learn a new way of doing the job you are left in the dust cos new technology leaves everything obsolete. I don't care enough/have enough interest outside of work hours to do endless courses and therefore find the other of my day being unable to fix issues, and just scratching my head.
    2) I feel genuinely guilty working on diesels, running them all day long, using copious amounts of oil and coolant, and lets face it no garage is so clean that it doesn't contaminate the immediate environment as well as the general one.
    3) My health, I am well aware of the issue that the fumes, metal particles and other nasties that I am breathing in and being exposed to all day.

    So with that in mind what do you guys think.
    Any suggestions on a career path I can feel good about in all aspects?
    I need to earn well as I have a mortgage and a family to support, I make 12 an hour, but could get by at 10.50


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    Long distance lorry driver?

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    Do you yearn to make things ? You're not alone, loads of people are enjoying the "maker" movement.

    I started off making boats, now I make harps. I love it.
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    I would like to ideally have a trade or a craft I like practical work and making things or fixing them, but I can't afford to leave a job and take the pay cut involved in retraining

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    I've worked as a mechanic years back, but felt that as I got older it wasn't going to get any easier. So I did winter evening classes in computer training; the first year was mostly about operating them, then in the subsequent years I did hardware and some basic software. Still doing evening classes, I eventually passed the necessary qualifications, and worked for the last ten years before retirement as a tech, sometimes for companies as an employee, sometimes on contract, and in between jobs, working for myself.

    This sort of job won't suit everybody, but it has a requirement for the same mind set as a diagnostic mechanic - you try to analyse the problem, take in all the information available, and try and come up with the answers as quickly as possible. A lot of the actual physical work is relatively easy, and pretty clean as well. Mental work is easier if you have an analytical mindset - just as in being a mechanic, you sometimes have to analyse the customer as well as the fault reported!
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    Don't try to keep up with technology, go back to basics and think about working on classic cars. How are you with the Pinto? Mk2 escort owners do like to spend money! If you are good with the old skool, your skills will be worth good money.
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    Mk2 was a crossflow...

    Edit - except the 2000 obviously....


    How about mobile mechanic / welder. Outdoors, varied scenery, varied work, paid in cash...
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    Originally Posted by Rick69
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    Mk2 was a crossflow...

    Edit - except the 2000 obviously....


    ..
    Erm obviously....... RS 2000 owners are exactly who I am talking about.

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    Up here there are quite a few mk2 owners, mainly 1300 and 1600 though for some reason. Theres a guy with a 2000 who has wrecked it by binning the pinto and putting the 3.5 v8 in it..

    Agree though, classic car garage locally charges a bloody fortune per hour for labour and they are always stacked out. The amount of cars that turn up on trailers pulled by range rovers etc means that people have a shitload of cash to spend on old cars...

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    I have thought about that, but to be fair I have no interest in cars on a personal level, and I feel that a, classic car owners love to talk about their car and b, it's the sort of niche where an interest outside of work helps because you know all the little common problems and tricks
    I really want to move away from cars?
    I was thibkng transferable skills with good pay and minimal training

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    When i worked at a veg factory farmers were always asking us to come round to do barrow jobs for them. Agricultural machinery, building repairs, fabrication etc. They always paid well and in cash. I see you are in norfolk, is that rural or in town?

    How about junk sculpture, you see loads of it on eBay etc for quite good money - easy to do and most parts are free if you do some wombling.

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    Originally Posted by ehg92
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    I have thought about that, but to be fair I have no interest in cars on a personal level, and I feel that a, classic car owners love to talk about their car and b, it's the sort of niche where an interest outside of work helps because you know all the little common problems and tricks
    I really want to move away from cars?
    I was thibkng transferable skills with good pay and minimal training
    Why dont you retrain in your own time while still in paying work? Plumbing electrician gas fitter, mobile welder something along that line or maybe in the heritage skills area making things from traditional materials and heritage crafting skills like green woodworking, thatching, blacksmithing etc.. Hard to advise someone not knowing their life and interests but theres plenty of hands on skills alternative to motor mechanic so i guess its thinking of something that gets you fired up and looking for skill training in that field..that may give you more motivation and equally good or better income.
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    I'd be inclined to rethink your approach to retraining. With a mortgage and a family to support, it sounds like - unless you win the lottery - you are going to have to work 40hours per week for a big part of your life. So you might as well do something you enjoy. You say you don't want to spent time retraining but, in the overall scheme of things, time spent retraining pales into insignificance. Especially if you retrain to do something you really enjoy.

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    I love new technology and learning new stuff, advances are being made all the time. Retired now so though advances will have to be made without me. Their loss!

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    Have you thought about building camper vans/motorhomes, for sale in your 'spare time' you have all the skills to pull the gems out of the breakers yards/ebay/auctions and with imagination, You can make plenty of future campervan owners very happy, while taking their hard earned money (from their crap, soul destroying jobs) off of them. You will have acquired a good contact network for discounts and parts too.
    even a gypsy caravan is too much settling down.

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    I worked as a mechanic up until about 9 years ago. I now cook for a living and believe it or not I think the skills are transferable.
    You still have to work with your hands, using hand tools or power tools, there is a fair amount of paper work involved and you have to work to deadlines. Less diagnostic involved than mechanics but just as much, if not more, hand washing. That being said I'm pretty sure there is more stress involved in cooking than mechanics and the bonus is, I can service my work mates cars on the cheap for a bit of extra cash.
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    Have you seen the prices of camping stoves, I mean the wood burning ones. Man with a welder, some washing machine steel and a workshop could make a few quid. Design it build it and sell.. Just an idea..

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    this is such an inspiring thread - all the questions I thought were swirling around in my head in my own little failure of a life.....so many other good peeps battling with - lovely not to feel alone

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    To get the money you want there will have to be some-retraining, a lot of employers these days want people who already posses the skills at interview, not all employers will train people up for a job because of costs. Do some evening/weekend classes, check the job adverts to see if there are any jobs you can do that pay the money you want.
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    I dabbled in making all sorts over the years. Presently making garden benches and planters. I will be making a ceder strip canoe soon to see if there is much market.

    One thing you can train yourself to do and is heavily in demand is an upholsterer. There is a serious shortage and it is a trade where skill counts more than qualifications. You don't need a lot of specialist equipment, clean work environment in a spare room, and with cheap cloth seconds you can teach yourself the job in your spare time.
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