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#1 magical

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:10 AM

Just wondering if anyone has done this ? I have been offered to do this with a working day 9am-2.30pm so I can still pick up my children from school. It would include a full day Saturday.

I am late 30's and have not worked for 10 years and wondering if I am biting off more than I can chew.

It would take 4 years to complete.

Any thoughts from anyone that has done this and how did it turn out ?

Thanks

P.S I did look into doing it fast track 1 year full time at a private college but the fees are around 12K. Not really an option..

#2 MeNelly

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:19 AM

I haven't done it but I would like to.  Not hairdressing but another trade.  IF you are passionate about it and you can afford it better this way I say go for it original.gif  I wish you the best of luck.

Nelly

#3 countrymel

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:32 AM

Not me but my BIL and one of my cousins both did.

It sounds like a perfect set up to me what they've offered you.  

Yes the money is a bit slim, but it is WAY better than nothing at all, and a hell of a lot better than having to pay for the privilege of learning!

#4 magical

Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:47 PM

Thanks for the replies !

#5 fizzy19

Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

My Dh started a mature age apprenticeship this year and he's enjoying it. The hours sound good, best of luck

#6 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:07 PM

I'd take that in a flash if it was offered.  I seriously regret not doing hairdressing 10 years ago.

#7 missjoads1234

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

Apprenticeships are great but just be very wary of the wage. My DH is almost finished plumbing (4 months to go!!!  eexcite.gif ) and it been HELL. Pure hell. Honestly unless you have a partner working full time on a very decent wage, its near impossible to live. I dont care who says what or tells you how good it is, if you plan to have your wage as the sole earner, dont do it. Like i said DH will be earning very good $$ shortly, but for the past 4 years its been sh*t. Even now its still low!

#8 suline

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:20 PM

My partner is in his first year as a mature age apprentice electrician. The pay is awful, even though he gets extra money from the government as he is mature age. (he clears between 500 and 600 a week) he does work some overtime shifts as well.

The only issue for him, is that on some of his work placements, the bosses seem to forget that he is only a first year apprentice, and expect him to be working at the same capacity of other 35 year olds who have been sparks for 15 or so years.

#9 suline

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

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I dont care who says what or tells you how good it is, if you plan to have your wage as the sole earner, dont do it.


Hell YEAH. He is lucky I work full-time, but I just can't see HOW we can have babies until he is finished. No way can we pay mortgage or bills, without me working at least 20-30 hours a week as well.

#10 Guest_- Poppy -_*

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

If you can afford to do it, do it! You are only 30 id do it if thats what I was interested in (still cant work out what I want to be when I grow up).

You might be working until you are 60 so four years out of 30 isnt much in the long run.

#11 magical

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:40 AM

Thanks all for advice .... I'm lucky DH has been the sole earner for the past 11 years - so money is not really an issue.

Will let you know if I decide to do it .... at this stage it's looking good !

#12 ninaashemum

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

This is exactly what I'm trying to to obtain at the moment! How did you go about getting that apprenticeship? I'm envious! I'm in Perth and haven't had much luck with my applications so far. Sounds like we are around about the same age. I'd love to hear how you got on biggrin.gif

#13 magical

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Ok ... well I'm afraid it did not come off  cry1.gif

I went for the interview and she seemed really happy with me. I am a qualified beauty therapist and that is a big part of her business also.

anyway s, she never mentioned until the end of the interview that she had to decide if she wanted an apprentice or wanted someone qualified. she was talking about the hours and how happy she would be with me as a mature person.

I had a really good feeling and was even having dreams of doing my dream job...

NEVER HEARD BACK !!!!!!!!!!!

I am so sick of applying for jobs that I would love to do and never hearing another word.  SO OVER IT...

Sorry for the update but I'm not going to be the hairdresser that i was meant to be ..

Edited by magical, 11 February 2013 - 05:11 PM.


#14 ninaashemum

Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

Oh no, you poor thing!

I'm going to hand deliver my CV in to some salons - along with some print outs on the government incentives to hire adult apprentices.


Can only try. Sometimes I think it'll never happen and other times I think "why wouldn't it?".


Sorry it didn't work out for you. So disappointed for you sad.gif




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