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 12 June 2018 12:13 PM
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Simo105

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Hi All
I've joined the forum to look into how I can progress my career as an electrician. I used to work for an energy company and was progressing quiet well, but after ten years service they decided to tupe us to another company which I wasn't keen on going too. So I've joined a large housing association but feel I'm not going to get anywhere within the business due to internal politics.
So I'm after advise on what sort of courses I could do to further my education and help my career progress.
My qualifications are
Electrical apprenticeship level 3 nvq
Am2 course
2394/5 c&g course
Pat testing.
Is there any courses I should look to do?
Thanks
Simon
 12 June 2018 05:00 PM
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Hello Simon,
welcome to the forum. If you post any specific questions with a suitably eye catching title you will receive many responses.

Bye,

Z.
 12 June 2018 05:34 PM
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dustydazzler

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Become a youtube electrician
 12 June 2018 05:59 PM
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mapj1

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now you are 'in' the forum it may be better to go back and edit the title of the first post from "new here" to something that indicates words like career advice or something.
However, also, can you be clearer what sort of thing do you enjoy and you want to be doing, perhaps next year or as a long plan for the next decade ?
Some opening thoughts to set that in motion.
Are you more of a designer of things, or are you happier following the plans of others ? Do you work best alone or in a team?
Prefer to be out and about or indoors?
Could you see yourself specialising ? - there are niches for example in fancy lighting, audio visual systems, alarms, fire systems, computer networks and telephones, shop fitting, or more conventional wiring, and then maybe concentrating on industrial or commercial or domestic.
Do you want to be self-employed, which in some ways is a gamble requiring a certain type of character, or are you thinking of becoming a very desirable employee ?
Your answers to these sort of suggestions may steer what you ought to be doing - we don't know you from Adam of course, so you need to indicate a bit to us what you are like first. Pushing electrons about for a living has many facets,and one chap's ideal job may be another's worst nightmare.

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 13 June 2018 11:27 AM
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Simo105

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Cheers guys! Hoping to get some useful information here and provide it if possible.
My background is mainly in social housing, wiring up heating systems and all other domestic wiring. I suppose I'm looking towards the future now as I don't fancy being on the tools in ten years time!. I like the idea of doing design work but I've got no previous experience and not sure if that required. I'll won't be able to leave this job at the moment due to family commitments so probably looking at doing some part time courses to help with the c.v in the future!. Like I say I don't see me being able to move up the job I'm in due to management preferring there mates for supervisor roles.
 13 June 2018 11:33 AM
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dustydazzler

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I certainly wouldn't advocate quitting your current job , especially if it is secure and the pay if okay

in my experience promotion is more to do with 'who you know' rather than 'what you know' anyways

so don't beat yourself up about it

the world is ever changing , quicker than ever imo

tomorrow is a brand new opportunity if you know where to look
 13 June 2018 12:02 PM
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Simo105

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Pay is half decent to be fair, but that's with doing out of hours.
You are right it is who you know, unfortunately I'm new to the business so not got much hope on moving up. With me being mainly a domestic spark I don't really know what else is out there for me to do!
 13 June 2018 03:24 PM
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Hello Simo,
if you have a strong constitution you could get a teaching qualification and train as an Electrical Installation College Lecturer. There are many vacancies being advertised at present. The money is very good, but you would have to do lots of work at home in preparing lecturers, studying and marking homework etc. It's worth a look. Vacancies are advertised online for full details. It's a job where you normally keep your hands clean. You may be able to study using distance learning via the Open University perhaps.

Z.
 13 June 2018 03:26 PM
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dustydazzler

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Yes ,

My old college lecturer was a former niceic approved contractor who jacked it all in and became a teacher
 13 June 2018 05:20 PM
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Simo105

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Funny enough I looked at a job in birmingham, where they was after sparks to become tutors. I dropped them an email and they said they would take me on and would put me on a programme. It was six months probation then 4 months to get qualification which seems odd to me! Is there a certain course you do to get into tutoring? It's something Ive fancied in the future so will look into it.
 13 June 2018 06:12 PM
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Far more importantly if you are seriously considering teaching is that you have the right sort of character to explain things and not to let it get to you that you then have to explain it all again - have you done much like this before ?

Unless youngsters have changed beyond all recognition in the last decade, when I was on the staff at a well known University, then speaking at public meetings, performing as a clown in a circus, even zoo keeping, all may count as relevant. (or volunteering as a scout leader, which I still do, and in some ways can feel similar to at least the latter two.)

Not to put you off, but to make you double check before you start. I'm not sure about FE type colleges, but at the uni level there is no simple 'teaching qualification' and if I'm honest some lecturers would have benefited from some sort of training in that direction, not the academic subject matter, but the how to engage and hold an audience part.

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 14 June 2018 09:11 AM
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Simo105

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Only experience working with youngsters is apprentice's. So im used to repeating myself! Looking into the teaching route would require me changing jobs which at the moment are off the cards, what's the 2396 course like? Is it useful for future career paths?
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