First of all, my hats off to those of you who regularly post on this group. It's been a great place to dig for answers to many of my woodworking questions. Thanks everyone!
Ok, onto my post. I'll try to keep this brief...
I'm seriously thinking about leaving my current job, moving back to Canada (my home country), entering a 6 month Joinery/Cabinetmaking Entry Level Trades Training program, and starting an new career in that field. At the moment I'm wait-listed for the program, so it's only a matter of time before the day comes when the ball will begin to roll. I have very little apprehension about the career change as my current job was only ever supposed to be temporary (1 year of teaching English overseas has turned into 6) and I was never that interested in it from the start.
Woodworking is something that I've always enjoyed and have been doing since I was very young. So after I recently turned 30 I realized, "this is it...life is passing me by and it's time I got started on a career that I'd love as opposed to something that is only there to pay the bills."
Enough about me. Who I really want to hear from are those of you who have been working in the field as professional cabinetmakers, CNC operators, wooden boat builders, etc. I'm curious about your thoughts on your careers, job-satisfaction, apprenticeships, job related health concerns, working conditions, and anything else you might care to share. Of course any advice or questions on fine tuning my career would also be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to reading your replies...