I had been recently fired from a job I had invested over 4 years into and was 3 months into a promotion. My last position there had promise as a career and I thought I had nothing to worry about (career-wise) for the rest of my life. I had earned a career by putting my time in at a car dealership and I had lost it. I was pretty young. 25 or 26, I think. I was worried about having to start all over somewhere else only to lose it and start all over again. I wasn’t interested in just a job. I felt that I needed to find something that had potential and growth.
One of my best friends was a residential electrician at the time, in the same union. He told me about their apprenticeship program. What really gave me hope was the fact that they would rather train you on the job, instead of taking people who had already went to school. They feel that they would have to completely retrain anyone who had already gone to school. So being completely green was an advantage. I applied to their residential apprenticeship and waited. A few months later, my friend told me that they were taking a bunch of apprentices for their commercial apprenticeship. So I went and applied for that. (I didn’t know I could apply for more than one apprenticeship.) So at the same time, I applied for the telecommunications apprenticeship. At the time, I didn’t even know what it was, really.
Some months later, I had an interview for the residential apprenticeship. And their was two guys who interviewed me. One of them, Matt, knew my friend and my friend dropped my name to him. Matt also knew my dad, kind of. That was the best interview I ever had. I was sure I would get in. But I didn’t. A couple months later, I had an interview for the telecommunications apprenticeship. There was two guys again. And the same Matt was one of them. That was the second best interview I ever had, haha. I left thinking I wouldn’t get in, but I did. It took a couple months to find out.
I chose the trade for the availability. Bills and wanting to have security influenced me. I don’t regret it at all. It has made me more of a man than I was before. No one else in my family is union, so I didn’t have any relatives. That’s usually the way to get into big unions like mine. But a lot of people who are decision makers in the union know and have a lot of respect for my dad. So I’m sure that helped. As well as my friend putting in a good word for me.