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#1 posted 01-31-2013 09:16 PM

Hi Matthew
This is an age old problem where fathers want their sons to follow them in their trade or profession. It’s hard for someone your age to understand but even though your father my not put it so you like what he’s saying he’ wants the best for you. I have been a contractor and have owned my own woodworking business for 25 years and two of my son’s have worked with me. They both have decided to follow their own interest and I think that’s great. From my prospective becoming an electrician will make you a much better living than woodworking . I think the hardest part of your situation is that you work for your father. If you can be brave enough to get to the point were you can earn your electricians Licence then you can work for yourself and control of your own business. Electricians are always in demand but woodworkers are a dime a dozen. Once you have your licence and have been on your own you can do woodworking as a hobby and enjoy it much more than always having to only build what others want you to build with deadlines always pushing you. Work out a deal with your father to just have you try the cabinet making but that you can still help him with his jobs. The cabinet making job may pay more now but the electricians pay will be much better in the future. I know this may not be what you were hoping to hear but as a person who has been in the trades for years I think it may be the best way for you to go. Good luck on what ever you decide to do.

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