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    Hi guys

    What is your opinion on this topic?

    I found the below website and their prices is very reasonable, but now, how good will this training be?

    I am looking at the welding and artisan courses.



    http://cranestraining.com/price.php
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    You will never regret investing in your own education. What this country needs and will continue to need is trained artisans.
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    I changed careers at 34.
    Then changed again at 39.
    I will be changing soon again.

    What I have learnt, is if you going to make a career change, change it to something closer to what you love doing.

    When young, its ok to have a crappy job and hate it, but the older I get, the more inclined I am to change to doing something that is more inline with my hobby and what I like doing. Dont want to be a toppie and be miserable at work.

    In other words, earning less money but being happy is better.
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    I believe you are never too old....

    Also look at SAIW (South African Institute of Welding) if you are interested in welding training. Very credible organization in that field.

    https://www.saiw.co.za/saiw/welding-courses/

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    Research has shown that 40 is the ideal time for a career change. Go for it!
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    This is an interesting topic.
    Of late it has been bothering my so much more being stuck in a job that I dont enjoy at all.
    I know I want to change, but the problem is to what?
    Need to figure out where the passion and love for what I am doing is
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    I switched careers at that age. Even went and worked offshore. Then came back and changed again. Your life is filled with forks in the road: it's up to you to make the wisest choice.
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    I would not mind just for the fun of it go and learn how to operate some of those heavy equipment. You never know when you need to operate a TLD in a emergency .

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    Also been thinking of this topic for a while and was also interested to get certified as welder. Maybe in a few years do it full time
    Been working in IT developer since 2000 and still love it.
    Think it can be good for the mind, quiet and doing it by yourself.

    Thanks for planting the seed again
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    It's never too late to change career, but beware the courses that promise to make you a "anything" in 5-10 weeks!
    ll of us trades people worked long and hard apprenticeships to then be able to go out and REALLY learn what we are doing, and to this day, I still learn new things on at least a weekly basis.
    By all means do a course in what ever it is that takes your fancy, but unfortunately, you will not become a boilermaker in 7 weeks!
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    [QUOTE By all means do a course in what ever it is that takes your fancy, but unfortunately, you will not become a boilermaker in 7 weeks![/QUOTE]
    You are quite right . It only takes four weeks. I would like to take the tig welding course because Im so bad at it. But quite frankly I think it might just be better if I started drinking more because I naturally am far to stiff and shaky for me to ever be a good welder.

    I would be interested in there courses but at nearly sixty I might stick out like a sore thumb in one of those classes.
    Plumbing takes four weeks. Ive had plumbers start with me and have an arrogance about them. I then realize in half an hour that they dont even know how to solder but expect an artisans wage. They must have gone to one of these classes.

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    Excellent. Life is too short so do it if you can.

    Mark raises a valid point. 4 weeks to become an Aluminium Welder............. I would place that at perhaps hobbyist level and any certification being more on a proficiency level than a qualified level.

    Shop around and make yourself familiar with the accreditation system in RSA.

    But again, go for it!
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    It depends on the career type and the demand for it in any given industry. If you personally feel that you have a good opportunity to get a job, then go for it.


    At the moment there is a huge shortage of various specialised jobs in the heavy-duty industry (such as mechanical, etc). However, some of these are also pretty much automated (ie, done by robots), so one either needs to look at what cannot be done by robots, or jobs that requires supervision of said mechanical aids/tools.

    Always a good idea to get unique specialisation skills (studies or training elsewhere) that others don't have, either as part of the job, or as an alternative option.


    Having said that, one also need to have an alternative fallback career and accompanying skills for the scenarios when a job becomes obsolete. A good example is with the staged closure of Saldanha Steel factory closing down, with lots and lots of mechanical workers struggling to find jobs elsewhere.


    Combine that with the Covid pandemic and SA's struggling economics, it is hard to find the same job, or for better pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMostert View Post
    Hi guys

    What is your opinion on this topic?

    I found the below website and their prices is very reasonable, but now, how good will this training be?

    I am looking at the welding and artisan courses.



    http://cranestraining.com/price.php
    I would look at the shortages of steel in SA and think seriously about this option in SA. I would love to learn how to Dig Weld better, and you yes to get night courses courses at old Tech's I believe, but I am just looking to marginally improve my skills as a hacker, and not pursue it full time.

    I would say if you are looking to change career, at least move into a sector that is growing and doing well. Mining seems to be on the up. Anything defense related is not doing too well with the exception of one or two strong exporters. If you are looking to emigrate then by all means look at what skills are required. One of the guys that used to work with me was a graduate heavy current electrical engineer, but got into NZ as a welder as they were not looking for BSc Engs when he applied.

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    I had a steel fabrication business for 31 years...and on reflection I can say I employed in that time only 2 decent boilermakers and 2 competent welders ...the rest were average at best...towards the end it was virtually impossible to find decent artisans...welders with a 3 week course demanded top rates which were enforced by the damn Union's...so glad to be out of it

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    Default Re: Career change at over 40

    Quote Originally Posted by zeek View Post
    Also been thinking of this topic for a while and was also interested to get certified as welder. Maybe in a few years do it full time
    Been working in IT developer since 2000 and still love it.
    Think it can be good for the mind, quiet and doing it by yourself.

    Thanks for planting the seed again
    As with any job, welding/fabrication has its ups and downs.

    This is my workshop.
    About 15km from home.
    I love it….
    But not every day.

    I dont have any welding diplomas or courses under my belt though.

    No employees. I work alone. My only ‘helpers’ is my forklift and tools

    But, working alone also means you will never make a lot of money. You need employees for that. Pay them $35/h but bill their work at $100/h.

    But, working alone means you work when you want to. I sometimes go to work at 1am and work till 10am. Then either go home and chillax or take the boat for a fishing session.

    Good luck with your choices

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    Possible if you did research and honest with yourself. Become a pilot at 46 some 12 years ago. At the time quite competitive. Today enjoy every moment but you must remember experience will always count against you ,meaning you may be the best man for the job but the boss looking for more years.
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    Changed careers at 46. Mind numbingly terrifying, kids of 10 and 7, bills to pay, didn't earn anything meaningful for 8 months. Glad I did though, I've not lost the passion for what I do now (just the energy if the truth be told), it'll sustain me for the rest of the time I wish to work (I don't know how long that is, because I don't know how long I'm going to live).

    I was chatting to a mate who's a bit older than me, we're going on a welding course early next year, to have a hobby and a pension top up, sort of home industry business we'll start - and stop if it gets tedious.

    I say go for it, more ammo in your CV, options. But as noted, do choose the right courses. Get hold of the business owners in the chosen industry, ask them what qualifications you need, don't trust the training companies to inform you accurately.
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    Well looking at our new sparky artisans pfft. One and half years from start to finish. Attend lecturers,do modules,pass modules and less than a year and half you are a qualified sparky . I had to do 5 years on the Railways .
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