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  1. peter.s
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    Hi, I’m new here :)

    I’ve been reading this forum and researching trade courses for some time now because I’m wanting to make a career change. I have not worked in the industry before, but I am multi-skilled and have no doubt that I have the capacity to make a good electrician… but the trouble is, I will be turning 50 in a few months.

    At first I thought I could just do a C&G 2365 and then get a job and quickly qualify as an Electrician… But in reality I think it will be a lot more challenging to find work at my age. And if I did find a job, I would be working as an underling for several years before gaining my qualifications and upping my wage.

    I’m keen to hear some honest opinions from the professionals. Would I be wasting my time and money to get trained up? And would any firm employ a fifty-year-old novice?
     
  2. Vortigern
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    Rather than dash any hopes, I think you have a pragmatic grasp of the situation and don't need anyone to jinx your latest endeavour. I think you called it about right and see the writing on the wall. How about domestic installer self employed and register with a scheme? Or were you thinking industrial/commercial. If so yes I imagine it would be hard but like all things not impossible. It seems it is a very competitive market currently and a lot of people going for the same job. Experience is king here I think along with qualies.
     
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  3. solarsavings
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    solarsavings Electrician's Arms

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    Recently came across a 50 year old man training to become a radiographer.
     
  4. plugsandsparks
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    plugsandsparks Electrician's Arms

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    No, not at all. Be good exercise as well if you used to have a desk job.
     
  5. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    you can do it.a mate of mine was mid-50's, done a short course as DI. now niceic. OK he still has a learning curve to climb wrt faults, testing etc., but put your mind yo it. esp if you are good with the practical side.
     
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    buzzlightyear please let me back in to the prison cell. Electrician's Arms

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    :rolleyes:
     
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    buzzlightyear please let me back in to the prison cell. Electrician's Arms

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    yes you can teach a man new tricks ,get a holler hoop ,sod the dog .;)
     
  8. telectrix
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    going to send my dog to bite yer bum. take your pick.

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  9. Starjack
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    Starjack Dont hate my success, strive to match it. Electrician's Arms

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    Waste of time , be better staying with what you know, I wouldn't employ you or anyone else at that age.
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    so that lets me out.scrap heap at 72, courtesy of Starjackoff.. :D:D
     
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  11. Starjack
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    Starjack Dont hate my success, strive to match it. Electrician's Arms

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    And apparently I'm not allowed an opinion, thanks to really old scalectrix :oops:
     
  12. Vortigern
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    Vortigern Regular EF Member

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    So yes you will encounter that kind of response but don't let them grind you down go for it!
     
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  13. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    nowt wrong with an opinion, but to reject someone out of hand because he's got past teenage pimples is a bit OTT.
     
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  14. Starjack
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    Starjack Dont hate my success, strive to match it. Electrician's Arms

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    But think of all the baggage someone of that age would bring, he will no doubt need a good income, could be set in his ways, could come with medical issues and the list goes on and all this while your trying to teach him a very hard trade.
    That's why I said no thanks!!!!!
     
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    GMES Hairy and proud Staff Member Admin

    Guys please watch the language in your replies, I've had to edit 2 already.
     
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