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Future trades: Plumbers and Electricians

A very interesting topic to talk about a very interesting topic to talk about and that topic is how plumbers and that topic is how plumbers and that topic is how plumbers electricians carpenters skilled laborers electricians carpenters skilled laborers electricians carpenters skilled laborers that work with their hands are going to that work with their hands are going to that work with their hands are going to be the successful businessman of the be the successful businessman of the be the successful businessman of the future businessmen in the 1950s that was future businessmen in the 1950s that was future businessmen in the 1950s that was the job that was that the route to go if the job that was that the route to go if the job that was that the route to go if you wanted to make lots of money you you wanted to make lots of money you you wanted to make lots of money you farmers those are people who don’t make farmers those are people who don’t make farmers those are people who don’t make lots of money and I bring up this lots of money and I bring up this lots of money and I bring up this important example that my history important example that my history important example that my history teacher used to ask students every year teacher used to ask students every year teacher used to ask students every year and he’s been teaching for 50 years and he’s been teaching for 50 years and he’s been teaching for 50 years retired a couple years ago every year he retired a couple years ago every year he retired a couple years ago every year he would ask in the beginning of school would ask in the beginning of school would ask in the beginning of school beginning of you know the class who say beginning of you know the class who say beginning of you know the class who say how many of your parents are farmers and how many of your parents are farmers and how many of your parents are farmers and the kids in my class laughed and he said the kids in my class laughed and he said the kids in my class laughed and he said it’s interesting that every year that he it’s interesting that every year that he it’s interesting that every year that he asked this question more and more asked this question more and more asked this question more and more students laugh because 50 years ago when students laugh because 50 years ago when students laugh because 50 years ago when he asked this question people actually he asked this question people actually he asked this question people actually raised their hand and it was no laughing raised their hand and it was no laughing raised their hand and it was no laughing because so many of them their parents because so many of them their parents because so many of them their parents were farmers now maybe if you’re in were farmers now maybe if you’re in were farmers now maybe if you’re in rural Oakville or farming communities in rural Oakville or farming communities in rural Kansas or farming communities in the u.s.

You know nobody would laugh but the u.s. you know nobody would laugh but the u.s. you know nobody would laugh but in northern Oakville very few people are in northern Oakville very few people are in northern Oakville very few people are farmers or know people who are farmers farmers or know people who are farmers farmers or know people who are farmers this is an interesting change because in this is an interesting change because in this is an interesting change because in the past it was always like manual labor the past it was always like manual labor the past it was always like manual labor oh that’s for like blower people you oh that’s for like blower people you oh that’s for like blower people you know business is the way to make money know business is the way to make money know business is the way to make money but now as people become so involved but now as people become so involved but now as people become so involved with computers and just as that question with computers and just as that question with computers and just as that question shows more people are involved in shows more people are involved in shows more people are involved in business non manual labor jobs in that business non manual labor jobs in that business non manual labor jobs in that case farming there becomes a scarcity of case farming there becomes a scarcity of case farming there becomes a scarcity of these skills the skills of a plumber these skills the skills of a plumber these skills the skills of a plumber carpenter electrician now I bring up carpenter electrician now I bring up carpenter electrician now I bring up another example now northern Delaware another example now northern Delaware another example now northern Delaware where I live is a very rich area I’m not where I live is a very rich area I’m not where I live is a very rich area I’m not rich and made their very clear not at rich and made their very clear not at rich and made their very clear not at all but the area especially north of all but the area especially north of all but the area especially north of where I live that area is one of the where I live that area is one of the where I live that area is one of the richest in the u.s.

Now here there’s an richest in the u.s. now here there’s an richest in the u.s. now here there’s an electrician you know judging by where electrician you know judging by where electrician you know judging by where I’m working we deal with you know I’m working we deal with you know I’m working we deal with you know electrician sometimes he charges $400 an electrician sometimes he charges $400 an electrician sometimes he charges $400 an hour now that is well above the average hour now that is well above the average hour now that is well above the average but the point is he can get away with but the point is he can get away with but the point is he can get away with that because mainly because there’s a that because mainly because there’s a that because mainly because there’s a shortage of electricians you know not shortage of oakville electricians you know not shortage of electricians you know not not that there are you know there’s only not that there are you know there’s only not that there are you know there’s only one but that many of the clients have no one but that many of the clients have no one but that many of the clients have no idea how to fix anything there are idea how to fix anything there are idea how to fix anything there are services in this area where people drive services in this area where people drive services in this area where people drive around and change light bulbs I don’t around and change light bulbs I don’t around and change light bulbs I don’t mean like chandelier we need a big mean like chandelier we need a big mean like chandelier we need a big ladder ladder ladder my bulbs I mean like light bulbs that my bulbs I mean like light bulbs that my bulbs I mean like light bulbs that you would change normally that’s right you would change normally that’s right you would change normally that’s right above your head people don’t know how to above your head people don’t know how to above your head people don’t know how to do it now this is an extreme example but do it now this is an extreme example but do it now this is an extreme example but I think it’s a trend that you can follow I think it’s a trend that you can follow I think it’s a trend that you can follow throughout the US eventually over time throughout the US eventually over time throughout the US eventually over time the amazing thing about this is as a the amazing thing about this is as a the amazing thing about this is as a teacher in the past I never heard any teacher in the past I never heard any teacher in the past I never heard any teachers and this isn’t their fault teachers and this isn’t their fault teachers and this isn’t their fault necessarily say oh go you know to a necessarily say oh go you know to a necessarily say oh go you know to a trade school or go join a trade become trade school or go join a trade become trade school or go join a trade become an apprentice to electrician I never an apprentice to electrician I never an apprentice to electrician I never heard that it was always and schools heard that it was always and schools heard that it was always and schools always call themselves over college-prep always call themselves over college-prep always call themselves over college-prep we want you to go to college and get we want you to go to college and get we want you to go to college and get successful jobs but is $400 an hour not successful jobs but is $400 an hour not successful jobs but is $400 an hour not successful because when people say successful because when people say successful because when people say successful in my mind success means successful in my mind success means successful in my mind success means happiness but you know and that can come happiness but you know and that can come happiness but you know and that can come with money but usually when a school with money but usually when a school with money but usually when a school says that it means money so if it’s says that it means money so if it’s says that it means money so if it’s about money then a businessman doesn’t about money then a businessman doesn’t about money then a businessman doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to make necessarily mean you’re going to make necessarily mean you’re going to make more than a carpenter electrician the more than a carpenter electrician the more than a carpenter electrician the Mason so on and so my point is as time Mason so on and so my point is as time Mason so on and so my point is as time goes on I think you’re going to see goes on I think you’re going to see goes on

I think you’re going to see fewer and fewer people know how to do fewer and fewer people know how to do fewer and fewer people know how to do basic things and really in many cases basic things and really in many cases basic things and really in many cases these are important jobs okay like let’s these are important jobs okay like let’s these are important jobs okay like let’s say you have leaky pipes they’re going say you have leaky pipes they’re going say you have leaky pipes they’re going all over the place there’s flooding you all over the place there’s flooding you all over the place there’s flooding you need this thing fixed now you know your need this thing fixed now you know your need this thing fixed now you know your electricity goes out you got lots of electricity goes out you got lots of electricity goes out you got lots of food in the refrigerator it’s all going food in the refrigerator it’s all going food in the refrigerator it’s all going to go bad you need these things now so to go bad you need these things now so to go bad you need these things now so these people if there was a very very these people if there was a very very these people if there was a very very small amount of people who knew how to small amount of people who knew how to small amount of people who knew how to fix these problems they can charge fix these problems they can charge fix these problems they can charge whatever they want one more story which whatever they want one more story which whatever they want one more story which is sort of related to this that’s quite is sort of related to this that’s quite is sort of related to this that’s quite funny that my dad tells all the time funny that my dad tells all the time funny that my dad tells all the time okay that electrician who know who the okay that electrician who know who the okay that electrician who know who the plumber plumber who makes lots of money plumber plumber who makes lots of money plumber plumber who makes lots of money charges a lot per hour he tells the charges a lot per hour he tells the charges a lot per hour he tells the story all the time

– he was at a really story all the time – he was at a really story all the time – he was at a really rich guys house and he was fixing rich guys house and he was fixing rich guys house and he was fixing something in the bathroom and the dad something in the bathroom and the dad something in the bathroom and the dad came into the room you know while the came into the room you know while the came into the room you know while the plumbers on the floor fixing something plumbers on the floor fixing something plumbers on the floor fixing something came into the room with his you know came into the room with his you know came into the room with his you know young son and said I can’t believe he young son and said I can’t believe he young son and said I can’t believe he said this this rich guy said you see son said this this rich guy said you see son said this this rich guy said you see son this is what happens if you don’t go to this is what happens if you don’t go to this is what happens if you don’t go to college now that’s an insult of course college now that’s an insult of course college now that’s an insult of course like wow you’re insulting this plumber like wow you’re insulting this plumber like wow you’re insulting this plumber like it’s something low and here’s the like it’s something low and here’s the like it’s something low and here’s the funny part of the story story at the end funny part of the story story at the end funny part of the story story at the end of the day he goes up to the son and he of the day he goes up to the son and he of the day he goes up to the son and he hands the son you know like a written hands the son you know like a written hands the son you know like a written estimate of what it’s going to cost and estimate of what it’s going to cost and estimate of what it’s going to cost and he says you see son this is why you he says you see son this is why you he says you see son this is why you become a plumber burn I love that it’s a become a plumber burn I love that it’s a become a plumber burn I love that it’s a funny story basically what I’m saying is funny story basically what I’m saying is funny story basically what I’m saying is things are changing as before it was things are changing as before it was things are changing as before it was like all the like all the like all the manual laborers they’re just they’re so manual laborers they’re just they’re so manual laborers they’re just they’re so low they have the lower lower status in low they have the lower lower status in low they have the lower lower status in society but as people become so focused society but as people become so focused society but as people become so focused on electronics and not being able to do on electronics and not being able to do on electronics and not being able to do things with their hands and I’m not things with their hands and I’m not things with their hands and I’m not saying I’m an expert by any means I have saying I’m an expert by any means I have saying I’m an expert by any means

I have learned some things from this job you learned some things from this job you learned some things from this job you know basic things how to fix basic know basic things how to fix basic know basic things how to fix basic things but um you’re going to see the things but um you’re going to see the things but um you’re going to see the plumbers electricians the Masons these plumbers electricians the Masons these plumbers electricians the Masons these skilled laborers they’re going to be the skilled laborers they’re going to be the skilled laborers they’re going to be the millionaires of the future because they millionaires of the future because they millionaires of the future because they they will in the future be one of the they will in the future be one of the they will in the future be one of the few people who know how to do it and few people who know how to do it and few people who know how to do it and when there’s such a commodity that’s when there’s such a commodity that’s when there’s such a commodity that’s scarce they can charge a lot supply and scarce they can charge a lot supply and scarce they can charge a lot supply and demand in a way of skills in this case demand in a way of skills in this case demand in a way of skills in this case so it’s very interesting so I would say so it’s very interesting so I would say so it’s very interesting so I would say if you’re a high school student and you if you’re a high school student and you if you’re a high school student and you have no idea what you want to do in have no idea what you want to do in have no idea what you want to do in college don’t just go to college and college don’t just go to college and college don’t just go to college and take some random degree if it’s really take some random degree if it’s really take some random degree if it’s really if you’re worried about money I if you’re worried about money I if you’re worried about money I understandable become an apprentice to understandable become an apprentice to understandable become an apprentice to an electrician so on because these are an electrician so on because these are an electrician so on because these are jobs that certainly they are not going jobs that certainly they are not going jobs that certainly they are not going to get fewer you are not going to make to get fewer you are not going to make to get fewer you are not going to make less money now than you will 20 years as less money now than you will 20 years as less money now than you will 20 years as electrician plumber no way more so we’re electrician plumber no way more so we’re electrician plumber no way more so we’re not even talking about unions or not even talking about unions or not even talking about unions or anything like that we’re talking about anything like that we’re talking about anything like that we’re talking about just the rarity of the skills so I don’t just the rarity of the skills so I don’t just the rarity of the skills so I don’t I beat it too much but something that I beat it too much but something that I beat it too much but something that you don’t hear people talk about and you don’t hear people talk about and you don’t hear people talk about and something that I know for a fact schools something that I know for a fact schools something that I know for a fact schools do not advocate it’s like you must go to do not advocate it’s like you must go to do not advocate it’s like you must go to college this is college prep school the college this is college prep school the college this is college prep school the more and they even brag about it in some more and they even brag about it in some more and they even brag about it in some ways like oh well this is the percentage ways like oh well this is the percentage ways like oh well this is the percentage of students that went to college that of students that went to college that of students that went to college that doesn’t always mean anything college is doesn’t always mean anything college is doesn’t always mean anything college is not for everybody not for everybody not for everybody so anyway interesting topic thanks for so anyway interesting topic thanks for so anyway interesting topic thanks for watching