It is going to be a good fall!
One of my high school classmates owns a hydraulic sales and repair business and he is doing extremely well! He cannot keep up. I would say he is #1 overall in $$ income from our class!
This is spot on. I never once heard ANYTHING about the trades in high school, but yet colleges visited weekly to try to grub us up. Colleges are a scam, suckling at the government teat. Then they walk an 18 year old kid through signing their life away to a massive loan that they'll likely never get out from under with the interest. It's criminal and will have set back a majority of a generation.For many years...kids had it drummed into their head to "go to college...". So..."they" did. Now we have more people with more college debt than ever before and viable careers are still in a struggle to hire. It's almost like the colleges of America pulled one over on the population and sucked a bunch of money off of people or something. (I am not hating on all colleges or those that pursue that path, but we need to move the proverbial pendulum back to a middle ground on that front IMO.)
FWIW, I remember sitting in attendance at one of my boys HS graduation ceremony, now about 12'ish years ago, and the Principal made a statement about how proud they were that over 82% of the grads were going on to some form of college...This is spot on. I never once heard ANYTHING about the trades in high school, but yet colleges visited weekly to try to grub us up. Colleges are a scam, suckling at the government teat. Then they walk an 18 year old kid through signing their life away to a massive loan that they'll likely never get out from under with the interest. It's criminal and will have set back a majority of a generation.
I'm very lucky my parents did well enough to help me out, and between them splitting costs with me, working during college, and serious scholarships I barely came out of college with much debt (wildlife biology degree). I am very lucky to be where I am and I remind myself that often. I would say 75% of my college friends are saddled with debt that they will never overcome, nor will they be where the high school advisors told them they would be with a college degree. They are permanently set back in having assets because of their loans.
I tell everyone I can: if you're mechanically inclined or even just a hard worker...go to the trades young man (or woman for that matter)
I started working when I was 14 as well, mucking stalls/feeding horses, and throwing bales of hay the hard way for my grandfather and uncle on their farms in blazing hot weather. I never complained once and actually enjoyed it. After graduation I worked for a pipe bending company then got hired at a fortune 500 company for over 40 years, mostly as a pipefitter/plumber. That was 1973 and my starting pay was $1.10 an/hr. Still managed to buy my 1st vehicle (1969 Chevy El-Camino) and pay my own bills. I wouldn't except money unless I earned it by offering help with those who needed it. To me it was rewarding to see the results of my enthusiasm and loved going to work every day, 30 years perfect attendance, whether I didn't feel good, 2' of snow, an ice storm or had a hangover I worked and enjoyed it. Even now that I'm retired, I enjoy helping others with projects and always working on something. The work ethic in those days is a rarity nowadays, I blame the parents for some of that and the democrats for all of it!!!Yep. I started at $2/hour in a local restaurant in the 90s as a 14-yr old. Did some work at the grain elevator for $5/hr too. Walked beans on the farm and weaned hogs, cleaned hog sheds for free before that. In college, I worked food service and sold plasma. Landed a good internship in engineering as a sophomore and was making $600/wk plus furnished apartment paid for. Opened my IRA as a 20yr old with that money. Fully employed since 2004 and still hustle today with that career and two side gigs that bring in an extra $20,000 annually. My 13 yr old is already asking when he can go to work at the local fareway.
I see this in my nephews also. They range in age from 18 to 14. The older 2 want to come do "work" at the farm. But that translates to only wanting to mow, don't want to trim or do any moving of objects that requires getting off of the mower. They also want to drive tractors, but again want no part of anything that isn't sitting in a tractor seat. Those kids have no idea how to do anything. Don't even know what tools are what, let alone how to use them. Also they want to decide when they want to work, which is not much. Frustrating.The lack of workers right now is insane. Things I notice about our newer workers that is problematic.
1. Only want to work M-F, 8-4.
2. Don't want to get dirty.
3. Don't want to be pushed outside their comfort zone.
4. Lack of initiative.
Now this is broad strokes and there are definitely exceptions, but there is definitely a shift in the mindset and upbringing that is affecting the workforce. Hopefully it's a maturity thing and they grow out of it, but I won't hold my breath.
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