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    Default Bred into the job? forced? or wanted to ?

    Just wondering how many of us had been bred into the trade = 2nd generation etc etc without much of a choice, or forced for something to do to keep parents off your back. or wanted to do the job ?

    I count all the people who took it up late in life and took course's etc as wanting to do the job.

    just wondered about the others because and i don't want to stir up arguments a lot of tilers are regarded as bad tempered by other trades. And yes that is usually because a lot of the other trades walk all over the new tiles etc.

    However i know from my travels that disgruntled tilers are common and usually because they wanted to do something else. lets hear your stories good or bad ?

    just as an aside i once worked on a restoration job down in Kent and a young sparky said to me that tiling was the easiest job in the world plus it was also the newest trade

    I mentioned Pompei mosaic's ( which i've studied ) made by the romans and earlier the Byzantine people also mosaics & geometric work.

    Plus i said most tilers didn't get their muscles because the job was easy. e.g try grouting a 500 sq metre floor in epoxy 3 part not this new stuff.

    lastly i mentioned that his was definitely one of the newst trades as there are people alive who remember when places first got electrified!
    sadly it didn't register as he didn't have a clue about anything i'd said but i did refrain from belting him with my rubber mallet as i reasoned he wouldn't have felt it .
    So how many got pressganged and what did you really want to do.
    my family were apalled i became a stone mason as most of them were architects and such like. Cheers Steve

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    I started as a stop gap when I left school. I was waiting to join RAF as a airframe technical electrician apprentice, so I went to work with the building firm that my brother worked for. I met a girl, fell in love, and decided that RAF wouldn't suit me after all.....Girlfriend went away to Oxford Uni after a couple of years and that was it, she studied to become a solicitor and I stayed learning the best job in the world

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    my 1st job leaving school 1978, got set on as an apprentice small tiling outfit, was meant to be sending me to colledge, but after 6 months no sign of colledge , i was earning , 15.00 a week and doing some right hrs. loved the job but my friends who worked down the pit were earning 4 x as much as me , so i joined them in the mine,what a mistake i hated it i stuck it out for a while , bit eventually got back in to tiling ,

    and as sir ramic said the best job in the world,
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    Default Re: Bred into the job? forced? or wanted to ?

    i left school with nothing. but tiling was in the family so i was guided towards that
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    Default Re: Bred into the job? forced? or wanted to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by nybor62 View Post
    my 1st job leaving school 1978, got set on as an apprentice small tiling outfit, was meant to be sending me to colledge, but after 6 months no sign of colledge , i was earning , 15.00 a week and doing some right hrs. loved the job but my friends who worked down the pit were earning 4 x as much as me , so i joined them in the mine,what a mistake i hated it i stuck it out for a while , bit eventually got back in to tiling ,

    and as sir ramic said the best job in the world,
    Uhh I think that was Doug. !


    I wanted to join the Police force but they werent taking anyone at the time (1977). So like Doug I thought I would do a few years as atiler with my dads firm then join the Police later.
    Well as soon as you start getting money and mates things change and before you knew it , 10 years had passed. I have had ups and downs during my 34 years as a tiler but I am enjoying it more these days.

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    Default Re: Bred into the job? forced? or wanted to ?

    i started about 15 yrs ago doing my own tiling in my houses (small jobs) then friends asked me then it spiralled from there. for about 12 yrs i tiled on my 'rest' days from my boring factory job, 4 days on 4 days off. then 2 years ago i took voluntary redundancy from the factory and set up properly myself, best decision i made. i now enjoy going to work and doing my job. i believe you must enjoy it to do a proper job.

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    I left school in 79 and served apprenticeship as fabricator/welder and then draughtsman. I worked in constructional steelwork as a manager of sorts for the next twenty years or so and quit due to stress. While studying software programming afterwards I was working with a joiner mate part time and one of the jobs was constructing a large bathroom showroom that was needing tilers to do the showroom tiling which led onto working with the tilers and soon on my own. I'd done quite a bit on my previous homes so that's where it started. Did one of the courses about a year after as the technical knowledge floating around was pretty poor so I wanted to speak to someone qualified. Over the years I sloped into what I do now which is tile, vinyl tile and wood flooring and am doing ok now.

    Never finished the software programming as a bloke I knew with a small software house started sending all his work to India so I reckoned any future work was limited ....think I made the right choice.

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    I got my first part time job working for Safeway supermarkets when I was 16 in 1996 and made the mistake of leaving school with only my GCSE's to work there full time. Did every job imaginable there, from night shift to trolley pushing and eventually worked my way up to a managerial position. I bought my first flat in 2003 when I left home and this was my first dabble in tiling, did the kitchen, bathroom etc. Over the next couple of years I did the usual stuff for family and friends (nothing big) and finally in 2007 enough was enough with the supermarket job and I went to STC (then it was PTS) in Harlow to do their 2 week course. I handed in my notice the day I got back to work from my course and have never looked back, I'm now in my 4th year being self employed and strangely this is the hardest I've had to work to get the jobs in. I do have bad days like we all do but I've never been happier and often wonder why I didn't do it earlier. I did love my old job but always said that if I ever woke up in the morning and dreaded the thought of going to work then it was time for a change, so tiling was it! I've been very lucky and have had some wonderful jobs and met some people that I now consider to be very close friends, I'm also looking forward to the recession going away so I can return to making peoples homes more beautiful for them! My work is finally picking up again but it has been a real battle to get the work, something I'm not used to! I've been trying out some new marketing strategies recently and they really are working, when I get half an hour I'll explain all in a thread so it can hopefully help a few others.
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    hated school,left when 1 was 15 to go to tech college for a cfe course (plumbing/brickwork/carp/paint +chem/maths/,english etc),whilst there got an apprenticeship with a stomemason company,spent years in a shed 'tip,tap,tip,tap and on site,when on site was given all the tiling jobs which i enjoyed,was taught bits about tiling(prep,prep,prep),but learned most myself (trail and error).worked for several firms,and myself.ended up doing site work which i hated,got fed up with prep work by others not done right/having to move all the tile boxes i just placed because someone forgot to say that there was a change of plan and other trades would be working in room with tile boxes etc...can i plug in here?.....musician friend asked if i would like to help out on a job with him ,ended up working for several theatre's (sets,effects,sound lights),loved it.still tiled but not as often,then worked for H.T.V.and for several bands as sound guy.tour and gigs/fests all over,but most of the work (fests)was summer time,so tiled/building work rest of year.long story but ended up as a circus performer/tent master for 3 years,done a few tv shows /adverts etc.guy i worked with for circus also worked for a German run glasshouse firm other times of the year,got a job with them restoring old orchid house etc on old large houses ,kew gardens and stately homes all over the uk.then back working for several bands again.had enough of hotels/b and b's/tour buses,and just being away all the time so 7yrs ago gave it all up and went back tiling /stonework,other building stuff,home every night...still keep my hand in now and again with the gig work,the moneys good,hours are bad,but i get a chance to see old friends,makes a nice change from mixing addy etc....so tiling for 26 odd years ,sometimes part time.
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    Not sure I can reply on here as despite my NETT course I'm not a tiler, I'm a mosaic artist who wanted to learn about tiling for increased technical knowhow, and feel if I was a strong young man rather than a soft arty woman I would have loved to be a tiler, expecially as I had done loads previously doing up different houses etc.

    But now with my mosaics are me finally becoming true to myself, there is such a thing as being overqualified and coming from an academic family - art is not considered a valid career option, at all, even though that is were I was obviously the most happy in.

    So I had a whole load of careers - came to the UK from Germany as a technical translator, then got into social and youth work, doing that and translating part time side by side, for then years or so, the social work led me back into half the family tradition of medicine and observing the connection between mental health and physical health this lead to me studying natural medicine, run my practice and from that specialised in myoskeletal alignment, a unique American approach of osteopathy, another ten years or so.

    Various realisations that perhaps now was the time were MY needs should also be fulfilled rather than looking after everybody elses and other 'coincidences' pointing the way led me to finally follow my bliss, and art in mosaics pushed itself forward - but there are years and years worth of ideas still in me stacked up through my life that I want to express still, so who knows where I'll be heading still? Love the freedom of development, of finding out what else I can achieve without chasing someone else's dream, of finding out who I could be, just for me. Not easy to rid oneself of conditioning past and present, is it, but the most exciting thing ever....

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    This is a great thread! I love knowing how people got to where they are today, genuinely interesting.
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    Default Re: Bred into the job? forced? or wanted to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Ramic View Post
    Uhh I think that was Doug. !


    I wanted to join the Police force but they werent taking anyone at the time (1977). So like Doug I thought I would do a few years as atiler with my dads firm then join the Police later.
    Well as soon as you start getting money and mates things change and before you knew it , 10 years had passed. I have had ups and downs during my 34 years as a tiler but I am enjoying it more these days.
    i think that was doug , so it was sorry
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