Well, although I may have only been posting on this forum for a week, I have been contemplating my options for next year for a long time now (God knows it’s kept me up sooo many nights). Finally, I have come to my decision as to the route that I will take next year.
Thanks to the encouragement of everyone on this forum I have decided to continue on with my schooling and I will be taking the Construction Engineering Technology-Management programme at George Brown College in Toronto. During my summers I will work with local builders in getting the 7200 hours I need to write my carpenter’s license. Once college is complete I will have to do one or two years full time to finish the time requirement for my license and then I should have one of the most well rounded construction educations around (although I know there is no substitute for experience which is the best teacher of all). The money I make with my apprenticeship and with the scholarship money that I have already earned, my schooling will not put me in any debt (and at that I should have enough to invest in some pro grade tools). I have discussed all the above with my parents and it was warmly received with their encouragement. At the end of it I will have both a diploma and a license, leaving a wide avenue for me to choose the career path that I feels suits me best at that time with the ability to change at any time.
Do not think that you have gotten rid of me yet on this forum though. I have spoken with my shop teacher and for the second consecutive year he has decided to enter me in the Canada Skilled Trades Olympics. Originally he wanted me to compete again in cabinetry as I did last year but upon my request he has entered me into the framing category. What does all this mean? I have a lot to learn still in only a matter of 4 or 5 months. Regardless I am anxious to tackle this challenge and I hope that some of you may be able to answer some of my future questions.
I must give one final thank you to everyone who posted a suggestion on my previous thread “Carpentry as a Career” ( I decided to make this one a separate thread so that it would stand out to all of you who have been so generous as to help me thus far). I almost wished that I lived state-side so that I might have the opportunity to work with some of you.
So thanks again to all of you and I look forward to your reply and future discussions.
Cheers to a new beginning!
Edited 11/4/2002 1:48:03 AM ET by freefall