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Old 05-20-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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Im 18 and a junior in high school. For as long as I canrember I have wanted to be a carpenter. I all ready have basic carpentry skills and a full set of tools.( al the nesary handtools and a wide aray of power tools.) Right now I have a job as a painter and i enjoy it but enjoy carpentry so much more. I dont have a driver lisence yet but am going to get it within a couple months. This is realy somthing I would like to do my whole life. I just dont know how to go about finding a better job. My plan is to get a good job and then move out on my own at the end of summer and just get a ged and apply to trade school. I think that may be my best chance to get in because my grades are not good at all. Would yall concider highering someone with a ged and in trade school verse someone who graduated but wasnt in trade school.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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First question is, if you can't get decent grades in school, what makes you think you can pass the GED test? It's far from easy.

If you have your diploma (however you got it) AND are in trade school, I might be more inclined to hire you than someone who's not in trade school. However, most contractors prefer someone who can give them a significant chunk of time through the week, and school might interfere with that.

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what makes you think you can pass the GED test? It's far from easy.
Tin almost anybody can pass a GED
As far as carpentry and construction work I have never had anybody ask for a diploma from me.
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All I have is a Good Enough Diploma.
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Tin almost anybody can pass a GED
Back when I took it, it was a piece of cake with less than a tenth grade education. These days... I'd love to see you try it.
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All I have is a Good Enough Diploma.
Ya, and a Phd from the school of Hard Knocks....
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Im 18 and a junior in high school. For as long as I canrember I have wanted to be a carpenter. I all ready have basic carpentry skills and a full set of tools.( al the nesary handtools and a wide aray of power tools.) Right now I have a job as a painter and i enjoy it but enjoy carpentry so much more. I dont have a driver lisence yet but am going to get it within a couple months. This is realy somthing I would like to do my whole life. I just dont know how to go about finding a better job. My plan is to get a good job and then move out on my own at the end of summer and just get a ged and apply to trade school. I think that may be my best chance to get in because my grades are not good at all. Would yall concider highering someone with a ged and in trade school verse someone who graduated but wasnt in trade school.
Trade school is a great idea but i would add one thing i wish i had done
Take a class on buisness (not sure if they offer this in trade school )
Are your grades not good due to lack of trying ? or being lazy ?or
do you really have a hard time grasping things ? going on your own requires a Lot of dedication and effort on your part
Good luck either way
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Stay in school and put nose to the grind . You will only better yourself in life . And don't put off going to college . Work can wait as well as trade school .
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I got a ged, then went to college, but I didn't drop out of high school because I had bad grades.

I have never asked about schooling when hired. I'm always more concerned about their past employers.
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Ill tell you this, Im 25 now and I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my education.

In todays world man should really have at the very least a high school diploma.

Im not saying without one you'd be unemployable but it will definitely make life harder.

You probably have 300 school days left ( between this year and next) that will have a positive effect on the next 22000 or so days in your life.

Seems to me like a reasonable investment of time to me... IMO
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Back when I took it, it was a piece of cake with less than a tenth grade education. These days... I'd love to see you try it.
I took it when I was 16. Same for me- I had less than a quarter of 10th grade under my belt.
I think college is the way to go if you can stand school learnin and an office job. I hated it so on the job learnin worked out way better for me.
I can't imagine doing anything other than what I do. Goin to an office every day would be slow and painful torture.
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How di youdo in agebra trigonomtry geometry? if you cannt do well in thos stayout the trades. the trades ar notfor dummmies.
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How di youdo in agebra trigonomtry geometry? if you cannt do well in thos stayout the trades. the trades ar notfor dummmies.
Haha Marvis where the Hell ya been bud
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I flunked algebra 1 3 times. My teacher constantly kicked me out of class. 15 years later I went to his house because i needed help with a trig problem I had. He was blown away- said I was the last person he expected asking about higher math. Point is- I couldn't understand the math when it was explained on paper and chalk board but as soon as i could see it and apply it to something I loved (roof framing) it clicked no problem.
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I flunked algebra 1 3 times. My teacher constantly kicked me out of class. 15 years later I went to his house because i needed help with a trig problem I had. He was blown away- said I was the last person he expected asking about higher math. Point is- I couldn't understand the math when it was explained on paper and chalk board but as soon as i could see it and apply it to something I loved (roof framing) it clicked no problem.
I had the same issues with High School Algebra & Geometry.
At the time it didn't have a connection to reality....

When I started framing.....It all clicked...
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I flunked algebra 1 3 times. My teacher constantly kicked me out of class. 15 years later I went to his house because i needed help with a trig problem I had. He was blown away- said I was the last person he expected asking about higher math. Point is- I couldn't understand the math when it was explained on paper and chalk board but as soon as i could see it and apply it to something I loved (roof framing) it clicked no problem.
I could figure out the answer but never understood why it was done that way untill I got into the trades.

Last year I had I high school kid helping me build decks, we had a 12' octagon build in the corner of it. So I told the kid to cut me 8 5' from toe to toe both sides beveled to 22.5* 2x10s. So he did it and as we finished framing it he asked me how I figured out they needed to be 5'. I said 5+3.5+3.5 is 12. He looked at me puzzled and asked how I got 3.5, I said A sq+ B sq equals C sq. He goes "ill actually use that stuff. if that was the easiest stuff we got to use I'd be a happy man.

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Calc 2 flushed me out of being an engineer.

...well, that and I couldn't sit through lectures "comfortably" in college.
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Desire & work ethic are the biggest things I look for - everything else I can teach but it all comes down to you applying yourself to it.

This profession has pretty close, to possibly even having the biggest amount of drop outs in it which can be a good thing for you short term. Long term though not getting your diploma can bite you in the azz. Apply yourself & finish high school, and then you can evaluate all your options like; trade school, apprenticeship, and even the military.

You are coming up on summer break, you can always look at a day or evening class if you still need more credits. Consider your schools trade program (hopefully they have one or a school close by does), or if you have enough credits go for half a day & work the rest. I know it can be tough going, I got another year but you can do it & if you stick it out will probably be glad you did
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