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Hello From The East Midlands - Possible Career Change Madness?

Discussion in 'The Place To Meet And Say Hello' started by J88, Apr 20, 2017 at 1:12 PM.

  1. J88

    J88 New Member

    Hi everyone,

    Been reading the forums without posting for a while now but another boring, head ache inducing day at work has finally got me posting and asking questions.

    I'm 28, with a £<30K job niche-market engineering job, new house & mortgage plus young family - I need money coming in other words. My job is safe but boring and I feel I need a change and get out of the office and working for myself eventually.

    Am I mad considering learning and taking up plastering? I read conflicting messages online about its a dying trade, rates are rubbish etc but even 50m2 @ £2.50 5 days/week would more than cover my mortgage each month.

    I have been looking at lots of trades which appeal but keep coming back to plastering. I think the work suits me. Although chained to a desk now, I've had very hard physical labour jobs in the past and kinda miss that feeling and also having a laugh with mates on the job - something I'm missing in current role.

    My dream job (funds dependant) is moving into property development - that's the end game.

    So in short, not scared of hard work, getting dirty, got my head screwed on (maybe) and can run my own business - just not sure that plastering being a difficult skill to learn and master is the best route for me?

    Thanks for any help in advance I'll check back later.

    Cheers
     
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  2. algeeman

    algeeman Private Member

    you only live once .....dont do it !!!
     
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  3. zolco

    zolco Private Member

    F
    Agree
     
  4. Maester

    Maester Active Member

    @Lodan is your man. I think he followed a similar path and has not looked back. Why plastering?
     
  5. Dropsalot

    Dropsalot Private Member

    You've got to weigh a few things up ........
    Sitting on your arse in a warm office pressing buttons or some such..........verses......
    Plodging about on a building site.......sweaty, dirty, tired......blisters, aches and running a business.......
    Now obviously you will be beguiled by the romantic notion of being a plasterer, and frankly who could blame you. Who wouldn't want to be part of an elite group of talented men and women plying a time honoured craft.....however..........
    You get 30k for not getting covered in s**t and sweat and dust and s**t and sweat.
    Good luck.
     
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  6. Lodan

    Lodan Private Member

    I could have wrote that 2 years ago...same job, same young family, same bored as f**k (even same area)....as to weather you should do it i've no idea...its hard work and 50m in a day isnt as easy as you think when your new. I made it work but its a lot more stressful than I expected and a lot harder on your body than I expected....i wouldnt go back as I enjoy it but thats just me. Think long and hard first...
     
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  7. Lodan

    Lodan Private Member

    Also its expensive.....course, van, lost earnings, tools, insurance, tax, travel expenses (no accomadation required though:)), came to over 10k
     
  8. choppa

    choppa Active Member

    Your having a bad day don't do it!
     
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  9. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    only you can make that decision
     
  10. J88

    J88 New Member

    Optimism at its finest! I am aware its a stupid idea already but one I can't shake off at the moment
     
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  11. J88

    J88 New Member

    Just a trade that most appeals to me even though I keep reading its a dying trade
     
  12. J88

    J88 New Member

    Problem is everyday is a bad day currently and for the past year
     
  13. theclemo

    theclemo Private Member

    I'll make it for u. Don't do it
     
  14. J88

    J88 New Member

    A lot to think about I know and it will take time.

    With all the negativity about plastering...from plasterers what trades would you say are worth pursing then?
     
  15. J88

    J88 New Member

    As someone working alongside other trades- what, if any, trades would you say are worth pursuing?
     
  16. algeeman

    algeeman Private Member

    then sir .....go into it full steam ahead
    (y)(y)(y)
     
  17. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    Every job becomes boring... well most anyway...
     
  18. Davy sned

    Davy sned Member

    Try doing it in your spare time first and find out if you like getting dust by the square metre into your lungs or a dollop of plaster in the eye that burns like a blow torch or have the mrs say look at the f*ck*n mess off your clothes your not getting in the house like that or the killer when you get the odd ball saying I'm not paying you think about it first really hard cos in this game their ain't no easy ride my friend best of luck
     
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  19. Maester

    Maester Active Member

    Have you thought about tiling?

    If you feel plastering is for you then go for it. Make it your goal. If you have no goals you end up working for people who do have goals. You can have the most expensive plane in the world but without a goal, without a destination, you're going nowhere, just flying about aimlessly. There's an old African proverb, if you can defeat the enemies inside, then the enemies outside hold no fear. The spartans used to say that those who sweat more in training, bleed less in war. So, you need to focus on it. Maybe do a course, like Lodan. Good luck.
     
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  20. Dropsalot

    Dropsalot Private Member

    I've already posted, but once more couldn't hurt.......
    Plastering is a "s**t or bust" trade.......unlike other trades, when you start a gauge, you've got to finish it, and that finish must be acceptable, or there's no pay......
    To get to the standard that is acceptable is a hard road, with many a........well you know.......
    If you want it.....then do it....with your eyes wide open, and support from 'er indoors......put your whole self into it and never give up.......
    And if you can do all this, my friend,.......you will do ok..(y)
     
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  21. Lodan

    Lodan Private Member

    maybe spend a bit of time with someone before booking a course. They are expensive 2.5k for 6 weeks so not something to do if your mind isnt fully made up
     
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  22. Maester

    Maester Active Member

    That's true. But you can make that in a week once qualified.
     
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  23. Vincey

    Vincey Private Member

    Gotta say measter I've seen a few of your posts lately and enjoy reading them,

    Anyway to the op I always read a lot in my spare time one article I've read described the growth of gypsum production and product over the next so many years as high also worth noting that in this country governments have set targets for new builds which at present look un obtainable also in terms of youth coming into the trade there maybe issues so all in all there maybe high there maybe lows but me personally think the futures bright for the trade what ever you decide to do
     
  24. Vincey

    Vincey Private Member

    @J88 what part of the East Midlands are you based anyway ?
     
  25. A.plasterer

    A.plasterer Private Member

    Don't be lured in :sorprendido3: he's after selfies again.:foto:
     
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  26. theclemo

    theclemo Private Member

    The building game is up and down. U get dickheads talking s**t about how much they make. Sometimes u have to fight to get money. Phone don't stop. Each trade wants the other trades job. As we all think other trades are getting more. I'll be honest no trade is a good one any more. If u have a safe job I'd keep it. Just remember lot of bullshiters in the building game. Most make less then they think. As they don't take everything into account.
     
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  27. jamesthefirst

    jamesthefirst Private Member

    Go for it mate, do a 2 week course and buy a load of tools then advertise everywhere with 15 years experience.
    Learn on people's homes charging say £70 a day and in only a year or so you will be experienced and probably taking other men on too.
    It worked for me! :sisi::bailando:
     
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  28. Vincey

    Vincey Private Member

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  29. JessThePlasterer

    JessThePlasterer Well-Known Member

     
  30. Fatarm

    Fatarm Trainee mod

    Your in trouble jess... Mabye need to give NI a shout on this one:endesacuerdo:
     
  31. JessThePlasterer

    JessThePlasterer Well-Known Member

    meh, snitchy :(
     
  32. A.plasterer

    A.plasterer Private Member

  33. choppa

    choppa Active Member

  34. Dropsalot

    Dropsalot Private Member

    Ahhh now jess, don't be telling me you didn't see someone puffin' an blow in' swinging a trowel about and covered in dust,......and you didn't think " well that looks just the job for me" ....eh?
    Thought so.......beguiled.......
     
  35. basset

    basset Active Member

    You need to put your prices up ;)
     

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