I got my notice for school, and am promptly freaking out!!

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    Aug 30, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    Okay, so I got a notice to attend my final level of technical training before completing my electrical apprenticeship. This sudden realisation that it'll all be over soon, brought on the even more shocking realisation that I might not be ready for the level of responsibility being a Journeyman electrician entails. I don't feel like I know anything! I feel like I've forgotten all my previous training, and that there is no way I will remember a combined total of 8 months of training, taking over 4 years, and a 4 ft high stack of binders, plus a 1000 page Code Book that contradicts itself 750 times. In short, Im freaking out cuz I don't think I'm ready yet. I'm worried I won't be a good Journeyman, that ill make costly mistakes or worse, and that I'm gonna crash and burn during the final course. Anyone else ever go through this kind of thing? How'd you calm yourself down?
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    Aug 30, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Don't worry too much it about it. You are going to learn much more at your first job then you ever did during training. In fact, the job is where the real training begins.
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    Aug 30, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    well thats the thing, an apprenticeship involves two months of training, and 10 months of working to gain on the job experience. then repeat the process for four years.
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    Aug 30, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    Why freak? You've been at it for so long and come so far... you cant possibly fail out now icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 30, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    GreenHopper saidWhy freak? You've been at it for so long and come so far... you cant possibly fail out now icon_smile.gif


    exactly my sentiments. you have come so far and im sure that means you are doing just fine. first, focus on getting this last course under your belt and then you can go back and review anything you feel you need to go over icon_smile.gif i have a tendency to over stress myself with school and stuff and i know that getting plenty of rest helps me to stay concentrated and motivated.
  • commoncoll

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    Aug 30, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    You have been spending years learning this stuff. It will come back.

    Oh and Congratulations on being almost finished!
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    Aug 30, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    LoneRanger09 saidAnyone else ever go through this kind of thing? How'd you calm yourself down?
    Yep, twice...with two careers.
    School teaches you the basics so you can get a job in your field.
    The job teaches you that it's not as hard as school made it out to be.
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    Aug 30, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    Just keep your cool and your focus, you're a smart guy so I'm sure you can do it. And a mountain always looks tall when you're standing at the base.

    I'm sure you're gonna do just fine, and if not, well you told me about the glorious job de-icing traffic lights in Saskatoon icon_wink.gif
  • Tiran

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    Aug 30, 2011 1:18 PM GMT
    Congratulations on getting this far. You have the same feelings as everyone (who is not an entitled douche) has as they finish training/school and are about to start a real job.

    Just take a deep breath, remember that you passed the tests, there will probably be someone more experienced to ask if you blank on something simple (and you will lol), you are not going to throw up, take another breath, and GO!
  • coolarmydude

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    Aug 30, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    LoneRanger09 saidHow'd you calm yourself down?


    I would just stick my finger into the socket and get it over with. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 30, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    well my weeks gone from bad to worse. My boss gets a copy of the training notice so he knows when i will be away from work, and he basically said that he has no room for another journeyman in the company. I understand it, hes old and going to retire soon and doesnt want to have to outfit a new vehicle and hire another apprentice and have even more work to look after when hes going to retire and shut down the company in the next few years. So, basically, as of October 16th I will be unemployed while attending school, and then have to find a new job once Im finished. icon_sad.gif I can get a job in Ft McMurray quite easily, and I've been offered another electrical job in Calgary. But part of me is really questioning if I'm a good enough electrician to be hired, or if i should be looking at getting into something else once I finish my journeymans course; like Paramedicine, which is something I've always wanted to do. Of course I still have all my bills and such so there is the financial aspect of going back to school that is rolled into all this. sigh. shitty end to the month.
  • Tiran

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    Aug 30, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    You were offered an electrical job in Calgary. You are a good enough electrician to be hired. And if the market is anything like Edmonton you could probably work for a general contractor as a sub and do just fine working housing. Or check Enmax or Fortis for metre installer spots.
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    Aug 31, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    ive calmed down somewhat, my journeyman is also toying with the idea of leaving the company because its better to have an exit strategy ahead of time instead of waiting till the boss pulls the plug on the whole company. Im now taking the wait and see approach cuz theres really nothing else i can do other then start sudying for my schooling and work till im laid off and go to school, and get done before xmas and hopefully have my ticket and red seal and get another job. thanks for the words of encouragement. This is the first time I've ever been laid off/ fired from a job so it made me a little crazy. But its not the end of the world, and in this economy life will go on, and theres plenty of work to be had so i wont go hungry.