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Hello 4chinks <3
I am looking for (you)r advice on what manual skill I should hone

I am 18, just graduated highschool and I realized that I should become a tradesman. I have plenty of support and time, I will be ING to an economics university (it's free and good) and I'll have the time to work on my skills, and my dad and brother are both skilled in diy, although they aren't professional tradespeople. there's nothing holding me back from getting skilled at anything, I'd just like to know what you guys think I should do and why.

Requirements are:
- good money; enough for a property, a modest hobby and to support a family
- high skill and some prestige to it, i don't want to hate myself.
- doesn't destroy health-wise; I'm not afraid of hard work but I don't want to be a wreck by retirement.
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For some extra context:

I admire manual skill and want to be respected for my abilities, I already have some experience with general trades work, I have access to many tools, my dad is pretty good home mechanic, my brother is a diy freak, he's been doing diy for 15 years, he has an engineering degree and does handyman gigs on the weekends, and has an insanely wide skillset, and is pretty good and willing to teach me, so I have plenty of support. There's also no expectation of me to get a job right away, I can spend some time just learning whatever. I believe I'm in position to learn basically any trade.

I was previously gearing up to a programmer, but I gave it some thought and realized that:
- I'd rather kill myself than sit in front of a computer for 10 hours a day
- 99% of software devs are massive faggots and i don't want to talk to them
- it seems that soon enough programming jobs are gonna stop being so lucrative
- and I want to have advanced manual skill that will allow me to save on repairs and be able to diy cool things
Bump for me too cuz I just turned 18 a few weeks ago
>realized that I should become a tradesman
Good for you.
>I will be ING to an economics university (it's free and good)
Which (curious)? And what will it teach you that you can't get from reading Mises?
>- good money
>- high skill and some prestige to it
>- doesn't destroy health-wise
Corp money is good money. Still able to help regular people. Locksport is a thing.
If you want a Union and all that shit, go Elevator. Corp money, again. Get to go to interesting places.
Thank you friend, I am indeed considering both of those as my top ranked.
I'm going to uni becaze it's free, convenient and I want to make some connections, and you are right; I don't think it's going to teach me anything that I cant learn myself, but I think it'll be worth it and it'll justify not going to work right away to my parents. Not interested in toiling for amounts of money that are too small to create a future with, so i gotta up my pay grade before I start grinding
Btw I'm not a party faggot I'm not going to uni to just drink and waste time socializing with idiots, i wanna meet some people who are going to be valuable to me.
OP, I went to school for computer science and spent 4 years as a programmer before I left and became an electrician. Worked non-union for a year, joined up with the IBEW when I was 27. Great experience so far, would recommend. Wish I had started at 18 though, I'd only have ten years left until retirement if I did.
In Canada specifically anyone in the residential building and reno trades is making a slaughtering right now. Flooring, cabinetry, woodworking, landscaping, contractors are booked solid for years to come and there's no sign of slowing down.

Honestly I know it's not glamorous but if you just start with lawn cutting and dump runs now then work your way up to demo jobs and light landscaping, you can be raking in 150k+ by your third year

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