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Help To Get A Trade Job out of High School

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Hello /biz/, I need some financial advice for my near future. So I've decided I'm not going to college. No way I'm not going to enslave myself for 4 plus years with a lot of debt for a worthless degree. I will be graduating High School this year when Summer rolls around. I've taken Carpentry classes throughout high school, and I'm very interested in carpentry. Not only because it's fun, but the pay is good, and trade jobs are always in demand. I'm going to be graduating High School with a STEM diploma along with a regular high school one, and I'm registered in OSHA with a ten hour training safety course. My question is, what should I do when high school ends? I want to work in the trades, specifically carpentry, but I'll be open to anything trade related. I live in the South, so that may give some extra details. Unions aren't huge down here. What would be the best course of action for me? I'd most likely be a gopher, hauling stuff from A to B, but I don't care. I want to have a great job with great pay, a future, and if i'm lucky, early retirement. I know that will be hard to do, and I don't wanna cliche, but I'm willing to do it. Suggestions/advice for anything in my position?

TL:DR Need advice to get a trade job fresh out of High School this year. Screw college with a 80,000 dollar pole.
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>>1778863
go through the phone directory looking for construction contractors. There should be about a thousand. Call them up and ask if they're hiring.
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>>1778870
This can work, for many going in person is even better. If you're not a sperg, can keep normal eye contact, have a firm non-sweaty handshake, and can shoot the shit you'll be working fine
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>carpentry pay is good
Lol

Best trade is probably electrician
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apply for an apprenticeship
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>>1778884
This. In many, smaller businesses, you'll be able to talk to the boss right away. Make a strong first impression.
Also, don't "overdress". Wear a nice button up shirt and jeans.

Carpentry is a pretty good choice btw. Best of luck
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Get a job as a construction helper, or even just working at a hardware store. Contractors don't like hiring apprentices and I cant blame them. It would be a better idea to get some general labor experience first to prove that you are serious and know how to work.

The "trades shortage" is a bit of a meme, mostly created by contractors. There are a LOT of people who want to become tradesmen, but the contractors are only wiling to train their own sons and nephews.
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