Becoming an electrician can prove to be a great career choice for people who are looking for a stable and well-paying job. But is it ever too late to become an electrician?
Becoming an electrician at 30 is not too late. At 30 years old you have matured in a variety of ways, that the industry currently demands. Employers need electricians who can think for themselves, and a person at 30 can be a more valuable worker than younger people who don’t hold a lot of experience.
It can seem like a daunting task to start all over in a new trade, especially if you are in your 30’s or even 40’s and 50’s. What are the friends going to say, will you be able to acquire the knowledge and is being an electrician even for you? This article will take a deep dive into the subject of this conundrum.
Can it be Too Late to Become an Electrician?
The typical electrician starts his apprenticeship in his teens or in his start 20’s. An early start also means an early finish in regards to becoming a full journeyman who will receive a higher paycheck and associated benefits working as an electrician.
Often these people have figured their career path out early, by chance, conscious decision, or maybe they got into the trade through family and friends. But what about those of us, who later in life come to realize that a job as an electrician might sound like something for us and even exciting?
The aim is to provide you with my own experience of becoming an electrician at a later time than most. I know from myself that it was initially a difficult decision to make, but since I started on the journey of becoming an electrician, I haven’t looked back since.
Why I Chose to Become an Electrician Later in Life
I was 29 years old when I enrolled in the electrical trade school. I spend my 20’s on an education, which I liked in theory, but when I graduated and got my first job, I figured something just wasn’t right.
As with many other jobs in today’s society, I was placed at a desk with coworkers on each side. The salary was ok, but nothing fancy. The worst aspect of this job was really just the crushing office space, the emails, and the toxic office culture, that slowly started to creep up on me – even on weekends, where I was supposed to relax.
In my free time, I started to consider, if my initial career choice was really the one that I wanted to stick to for the rest of my life. Luckily, a friend of mine was pursuing this trade of becoming an electrician. His situation was a bit different from mine in that, he choose to become an electrician due to the fact that the education provides immediate salary (no student debt), which was a great opportunity for him to provide for his family.
By consulting with him, and doing some research of my own, I had my options boiled down to either becoming a mechanic or an electrician. Ever since I can remember, I have been a very active guy with a natural curiosity for new things. So in my situation, I wasn’t scared of the challenge of learning something new.
Combined with my research and the great relationship with my friend I chose to pursue the path of becoming an electrician. I later on also became an electrician at the same place my friend was employed. Today my friend is an electrician technician, and I chose for myself to become a “traditional” electrician.
What are the Benefits of Becoming an Electrician Later in Life?
In my other research, I thought of what the pros and cons would look like for someone who decided to become an electrician later in life. Here I will provide my thoughts on some obvious – and maybe not so obvious pros and cons – associated with choosing to become an electrician at 30 or at an even more mature age.
Maturity: At 30, you will likely have more experience in many different fields, with enough acquired skills to know what you are great at; skills that make you valuable for companies that need experienced workers. These skills include; communication skills, technical skills, and physical combined with psychological maturity. This means that by the time you turn 30, you will actually have more advantages than most young people starting out in the industry.
Independence: Working as an electrician requires a person to be able to work independently. Although it is true that working with others is a big part of the job, oftentimes you will find yourself in a situation where your ability to think independently in relation to an assignment is valuable. In my own experience, I was actually a bit surprised by the positivity coming from colleagues and journeymen on the job being happy to work with someone who was a bit older than the average apprentice. Being an older apprentice gives the journeyman more freedom to do important tasks, as you are more likely to be trusted with assignments for yourself.
Getting paid while studying: Even when you are at school, you will get a paycheck from your employer. Unlike getting a degree at a university an education as an electrician gives you the opportunity to avoid the burden of heavy student debt. Becoming an electrician can help build a quality career in skilled labor – without all the debt-ridden extras inside most degree programs.
Some other benefits to becoming an electrician: Electricians are in high demand because they are needed to install, maintain and repair electrical systems in homes and businesses. They also work on the power grid, which means they can work anywhere in the world.
Becoming an electrician can be a really lucrative career. It is a high-demand profession too. Electricians make pretty good money and they have a higher than average job security. Other than that, you will be sure to have a job for life, that is under constant development.
What are the Disadvantages of Becoming an Electrician Later in Life?
The most obvious con of becoming an electrician at a later time than most is that you will get started later on a full-time paycheck. Maybe you are in a setting where you have grown accustomed to getting a full-time paycheck already, and the possible future of getting a lower wage in your time as an electrician’s apprentice scares you off.
Also read: Is it Hard Work Being an Electrician?
Financial considerations: Financial circumstances are a factor in relation to this that you need to take into consideration. Do you find yourself in a situation where a reduction in pay could be financially doable for the next 3-4 years? If that answer is yes, and you could really see yourself as an electrician, then my advice to you would be that time actually does fly by flies by really quickly.
Learning curve: Especially when working as an apprentice, and you have never been quite hands-on before, you will have a lot to learn in the next couple of years. To become an electrician also demands a certain amount of theoretical knowledge which you will be introduced to in electrical trade school.
Getting used to a new path: This could actually be the most challenging part of becoming an electrician at a later time than most. Becoming an electrician with a totally different background can prove to be a difficult change. Maybe you thought of yourself as an academic or maybe your family can be hard to convince of your decision. When it comes down to it, you have to do something you like or could even be excited about.
Is it Worth it to Become an Electrician Later in Life?
So here I am today with many more experiences in the trade. And then you might wonder if I have regretted making the decision to become an electrician a little later than the majority?
Not once. Even when it sometimes can seem harsh to start work on an early morning in the winter, nothing beats the feeling of doing work that actually matters for people in contrast to the dead-end office job with all of its even more meaningless meetings and never-ending writing of emails.
If you want more resources on becoming an electrician’s apprentice, you can read this guide on becoming an electrician’s apprentice.
I hope this article provided you with some context about becoming an electrician at a later time than most, and that you pursue your passion – whether it is to become an electrician or something completely different that suits you best and makes you happy.