Pliers

Someone recently emailed me to ask how I managed to get my two apprenticeships. Because I was terribly tired from a grueling drive, I answered briefly. I said I got them through:

chuptzah, networking, and a willingness to work for minimum wage.

Though I was being uncharactaristically brief in my response, that’s actually a good summary of what’s required.

In addition, people seeking apprenticeships need to have something to offer. My gemology and appraisal training gave me a big edge in hiring, both for low wage jobs and “real” jobs.

Make sure you have the proper training and enough to offer an employer before seeking an apprenticeship.

Good luck and remember your chuptzah.

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