I'm still trying establish myself and figure it all out. Which at my age is depressing. I got my diploma in computer graphics 10 years ago but that field didn't work out for me. Right now I'm working in commercial painting. It's hard work, my boss is the worst boss I ever had, and I hate going to work whenever I have to face him.
yea guy in red deer had to sign for 15 like 2 weeks ago for getting off 2MPH now we can do it ....oh well im on the Spareboard collecting the guarantee and only working once a week so its all good 20 guys on the spareboard and starting another class this month.... we had a couple guys from London out here last winter when we were short handed
That's good to hear that they're hiring out there, there have been some layoffs in the east since Hunter showed up.
anyone struggling for work or undecided, i'd check out Fort Mcmurray. If you have a trade in any field you'll more than likely find a company that can use your skills. If you have one of the following you're a lock for 150k+ a year
Power engineer, heavy equipment operator, heavy equipment mechanic, pipefitter, welder, electrician, millwright.. etc etc i can go on.. NTD ( Non destructive testing) or an inspector type, Safety specialist..
it's a booming city with great opportunity for those that don't mind working. Highly recommended if in limbo. I came here at age 25 without a trade.. just a couple years university where i completed some electives and i did a 1 year power engineering course to obtain my 4th class ticket and now i can work for any major oilsand company up here. I've had offers from SHell i've turned down etc. Edmonton is only 4 hours away too. i watched the leafs win 4-3 in overtime last year with connolly scoring in OT from Lupul.. I was right there maybe 20 feet from the play.
and watching a few oilers game on my days off is entertaining as well.. so much talent any hockey fan would appreciate watching the oilers vs many great NHL teams like the caps, pens..
6 days on 6 days off is the schedule.
Dang... I really missed out on power (Did EE , could probably go and get my power courses, but nah - went to U of T , don't want to go back lol).
My friends @ OPG or Hydro1 are killing it...
I myself slave away at a "salaried" job ( pretty much just means no OT) for a big corporation. Pays the bills and since I fail miserably at my hobby (mechanic, usually have left over parts when I put something back together...) I'll stick with my day job.
A guy that use to work for me joined the armed services and went into communications/IT. I guess it would help if I could remember his name. Luis something. Spanish guy from Toronto. Kind of a thin guy. At least he was the last time I saw him.
Last name would be more helpful. We tend to use last names over first names in the Military and myself, I'm terrible with names but I never forget a face. Not sure how long ago this guy might have joined. I don't know a lot of the people that have joined within the last 5 years unless they've worked for me.
I'm 24 with two college diplomas (one in human resources the other in marketing) working part time at a wine shop lol. Windsor's economy is pretty so so right now, getting fed up and thinking of maybe trying to work for the army. Looks like the basic training would kick my ass though so I gotta step up my workouts lol. Anyone who's done the training in St. Jean any advice/info would be appreciated.
Just a little to add to eyeball posted.
I did my training in Cornwallis NS before they moved it to St. Jean. Hasn't changed much since then other than the NCO's (Non-Commissioned Officers) no longer insult you as much as they once did. The biggest part to remember when it comes to basic training is to think of it as a game. The instructors are there to reshape you (discipline, motivation, and a basic knowledge of how the military works). They tear you down first and then slowly build you back up again. They are nitpicky with things that you would normally think are stupid, like making sure folds in your shirts or underwear are exactly the same for all so they line up perfectly when you lay them on top of one another. They'll measure the folds in your sheets with a ruler to be sure you are doing it correct and if you don't, they'll tear the entire bed apart so you get to do it all over again. They'll give you tasks that they most likely don't expect you to complete on your own as they preach TEAMWORK constantly. One of my favourites was "Change parade" which usually happened when someone showed up with a crappy uniform. They'll want to inspect every single uniform you have so they'll have you get dressed in one uniform (usually with only a few minutes to get into it), march down to their office, get yelled at for something ridiculous, march back, change into something else, march down again, get yelled at, etc etc until everything you've owned has been worn and now you have to wash it all, re-iron it all and have it back in your locker before you go to bed which means the work they'd given you for the day hasn't even been started yet. MUCH FUN!!!!
The physical portion of the training can be pretty hectic as your marching everywhere you go, having drill practice 3 - 5 times a week (everyday during the last week), PT almost 5 times a week (which is almost always circuit training of some sort) and they love to use pushups as a form of punishment. The term "Drop and give me 20" will forever be engrained in your memory. They use other forms as well, for instance when I went through, we were the last platoon to use the FNC1 rifle. It's since been replaced with the C7 rifle (more plastic pieces and much lighter). During drill one day, I accidently dropped my rifle. I paid the price when everyone was giving a 15 minute break and I had to stand there, hold the rifle with one arm extended 90 degrees from my body, parallel to the ground. Once my arm started to shake and the rifle began to dip, I was made to switch arms. That continued for 10 minutes and by the time it finished, I could hardly move my arms. I didn't drop my rifle ever again though
I would say the biggest part of basic training is getting over the sillyness of it all. While you're doing it, you'll hate it and may even want to say the hell with it, but once it's done you'll look back on it and laugh and will likely have a lot of stories to tell. If you go infantry, expect the physical training to never end. Battle School is a hell of a lot more intense than basic training. I recently was visiting my sister in Petawawa and I had to laugh as where I'm in the navy, the big joke is about how so many sailors have *****-lockers for a belly. Well I saw the army guys doing their PT with huge packs on their backs and thought to myself, yeah in the navy we carry ours in front lol.
If you decide to join, do your own research on what trades you might be interested in. Typically the recruiters don't have a clue about any other trade other than their own. Navy doesn't know what Army or Airforce does and vice versa. They'll give you false information or try to sway your decision towards a trade that they are short on numbers. They'll tell you things like "if you don't like the trade you can always remuster to a different one". While that is true, you can't do it for the first 4 years your in (based on your training) and there is a limited number of people that can do it based on what trade your in. It's very possible you may never get to do it. You have the luxury of the internet now to do some research. There should be information about everything.
Last thing to mention. It's not for everyone. The first few years can actually have you want out in a big way as rank has it's privledges so when you don't have much rank, you get all the crap jobs. You have to be able to take orders even when your in your 40's, from snot nosed little officers who are just out of high-school and have no clue about life yet. The pay to start with is crap but gets better by the time your a few years in. Your medical and dental are covered for the duration your in the military and for about 7 or 8 dollars a month, your spouse and children will be covered quite well also. Military will cover 90% of your families dental bills. There is also a good pension that is yours to draw from once you retire. No waiting until your 65 as with CPP. I'm starting to feel like a walking talking billboard now.