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Congrats on the new addition Dave. Don’t know how you can afford four kids in today’s world tho! Wow your looking at about $1 million in university costs !
 

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I've always remembered this guys comments on another site I visit:p and could be any one of my sisters 3 boys:(

Because any way you slice it, most trade jobs suck and in my experiences, so do a lot of people in them. I don’t want to spend the majority of my life doing shitty, unfulfilling work (often 60+ hours a week) alongside people I don’t relate to at all. Is there something strange about that? I don’t think there is. Don’t get me wrong, many of them are also very competent in their field and do great work, but most of the time that’s where it ends. I don’t want to work with people whom the majority of smoke cigarettes, gamble, drink excessively, are fat despite “working their ass off”, and try to bully and intimidate you if they feel like they can. I hate to say it, but I haven’t met too many blue-collar people that I can say I respect enough to want to work with —let alone work under. I know some people aren’t going to like what I wrote, but that’s the opinion I’ve come up with
Likely a lot of people won’t like what he wrote! I know lots of professional people that drink,smoke and gamble. Some fat one too. What a FKEN AHOLE. Likely a lot of people that wouldn’t want to even be around this guy let alone to work with him.
 

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I think an individual’s aptitude should be a large part of determining their career/occupation. Skilled trades people and professionals such as doctors, registered nurses, etc will all be required in the future. I believe a person will need to acquire skills that compliment each other as most people will experience several occupational/ career adjustments or changes throughout their time in the work force.

1NSH Dave . You are absolutely correct. It is still possible. It is never to late to achieve new goals.
Myself, I have an interest in Silviculture.
We could take aptitude tests when I was in high school, surely they still can today
 

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True. Finding good people that are interested in hard work and fit in well at work has never been easy but it is definitely hard now. Partly because of that sense of entitlement and partly because people are not as willing to put up with being treated badly and taken advantage of as they once were.

As you said, pretty much any job now requires computer skills. The better your computer skills, the more successful you will be in just about any job today. Maybe not as important to a carpenter or plumber for example but still an asset.

I think each young person has to try to decide for themselves if working with their hands is for them. Easy to say but very hard to do! Many won't have had any, or very little at least, exposure to hard, dirty, stressful and sometimes dangerous work environments however. So making a decision to do that long term for a living might be difficult for them. Some start out in trades and end up in white collar jobs. I know a guy that trained as a welder and went back to university and became a mechanical engineer (and a darn good one too). I started as a construction labourer at 18 and after two years went back to school, took business and became an accountant.

It would be great if young people got more real help in figuring out the point where what they like to do, what they want to do and what they are or may actually be good at intersects. Doesn't matter what you do if you are skilled in your field I think you will generally be happier in life because we spend a large part of our life

Mostly the parents at fault,they give their kids too much and don’t make them earn it and don’t teach them respect. Not enough kids getting a backhander in the side of the head wha not their out of line!
 

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People can’t always do what they want for a job. I wanted to play ball for a living but never made it to the big show and it wasn’t from a lack of trying!

You have to do something you like or it can be miserable. I spent 39 yrs for one employer, kinda, first we were Hfx Transit,then metropolitan authority, then metropolitan authority commission transit division, then metro transit,then back to Hfx Transit. Millions of $$$ in costs every time name changed!
Mainly worked as a mechanic, supervisor for a few yrs then back to a mechanic, then union executive for maintenance dept for yrs,then back to a mechanic. Unions are great for the most part but I couldn’t handle fighting for lazy people who deserved to be fired.
Always intended to work until I was 60, but the work environment became so poisonous I left early, good pension tho 39yrs X 2% X ave of your best 3yrs and not capped at 70%, if you worked 50 yrs you would get 100%%. Plus pension is stacked no claw back when oas kicks in.
Lots of time to fish,hunt and play golf!!!!!!!!!
 
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They have a real hard time today to get kids into trades. trades mean physical WORK and getting dirty , cold or wet with dirt or grease on your hands and as they say not for me.
Some yes but not like it was when we were that age. My bud still teaches millwright and says they have to get people from all over the world now just to fill the class
Sitting ona computer starting at 40 bucks an hour in clean air conditioning it what they want today
Cheers
Most trades pay $40/ hr now joe
 

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A day late but good morning to you also walter and everyone here and have a great day
I am here alone trying to run the greenhouse business for the mrs of course she had to go to halifax on opening day for the daughters graduation
which is no.1
Don't get time to pee between 8.00 and 8. but Ok with that since we have a huge bill to pay this year and actually had our second biggest day yesterday in 10 years and not even the weekend
Sure hope it keeps up

Have fun buckmark and be safe and don't break any laws:p
So you worked at your garden Center 8-8 with no breaks and no bathroom trips for 12 hours!
I wouldn’t even attempt something like that, by 12 noon there would have been o closed sign at the end of the driveway!
 

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Agree 3D but sadly he is not alone in the way some kids think today :(
How is the golf going for you this year. Hope you are finding the time to get a few rounds in
Take care
Golf is great!!!
Playing really well and 4-5 times a week, aaaahhhh life is good.
Except when it’s comes to hgs😡😡😡
 
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