One creative way to find a new job in this recession is by sidestepping your field entirely. However, the thought of taking classes to learn a new set of skills may not be an option for some. Work apprenticeship is one way to have a job and shift to a different line of work. It’s practical, and nothing beats hands-on experience. Apprentice jobs just may be the key to a whole new life.
Apprentice jobs are available in many fields, such as the following:
Fashion Designer – If you know how to put together and make clothes, be it haute couture, ready-to-wear or the latest in street or Harajuku style, then it may be worth your while to go under a fashion designer’s wing. About a fourth of designers are self-employed, and the annual fashion designer’s salary can be worth $64,161. It can be higher too, depending on how many people like your work.
Industrial Production Manager – If you live in an area with many factories or manufacturing facilities, it may be a good idea to apprentice yourself for a supervisory position. Assembly-line experience is useful. The annual industrial production manager’s salary is about $63,497.
Air Traffic Controller – With many of the controllers hired in the ’70’s nearing retirement age, this is a great job option for an apprenticeship if you live near an airport. The annual air traffic controller’s salary is $61,956.
Firefighting Manager or Supervisor – If you have experience in first-response jobs, then this field is perfect. Recession or not, someone has to organize fire response crews. The annual firefighting manager’s salary is $53,466.
Power Plant Operator – With the many “green” energy sources being tapped, apprenticing to be a power plant operator is a very good idea. Being a pioneer in the new “green” energy sector can net an annual power plant operator’s salary worth $51,191.
Building Code Inspector – With incoming “green” initiatives from the government, apprenticing to be a building code inspector can assure you of a good job in the coming years. The annual building code inspector’s salary is $49,356.
Telecommunications equipment installer – When it comes to setting up communication and data networks, the best way to learn is by apprenticing with experienced installers. Once the economy starts recovering, this job should be on the upswing. The annual telecommunications equipment installer’s salary is worth $48,772.
Ship’s mate – If you have a love for the sea, then an apprenticeship as a ship’s’ mate may be your ticket to a higher-paying career in the marine/shipping industry. Experience helps, especially if you have Navy- or hobby-based skills. A ship’s mate’s annual salary is pegged at $48,401.
Paralegal – With the recession creating all sorts of legal issues in the real estate and financial worlds, apprenticing to become a paralegal is a smart move. The annual paralegal’s salary is around $46,628.
Funeral Director – The only sure things in life are death and taxes. If you don’t have the mindset to be an accountant, maybe you can be a funeral director instead. Skills as a mortician are a plus. A funeral director’s annual salary is around $46,161 a year.