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I have worked in the industrial contracting sector for nigh on thirty years, first as an apprentice boiler maker and welder, later for myself as a subcontractor. The job has been good to me: I never expected to get rich, and definitely that is the case… but I have enjoyed the work, the camaraderie of fellow workers in this rough and tough industry…
I have had the opportunity to build a small succesful business, and have a core team of workers who are reliable mostly, some who have been with me a long time, one who has stayed through thick and thin since I started out for myself.
Times Changing, Time to Change
I work mainly for a few prime contractors, one of whom provides about 80% of my work. It’s been a good arrangement, they procure the work, manage part-time workers, and take care of much work I would otherwise have to do – and spending time negotiating for contracts is time out of earning a living.
It has been nearly 2 months since I wrote anything for this blog. I haven’t given up the keyboard though, nor have I given up fishing… I have just been busy with work, away for a fishing trip, and giving my future a lot of deep thought.
Working the Shutdown
I’m an industrial maintenance contractor (sub-contractor) so December and January is traditionally a busy period: Factory staff often have leave this time of year, and a lot of industries shut parts of their plants for maintenance. So this is a busy time of the year for the us.
Fishing the North Coast
Into the second last week of January, work had become slow as always, so Jen and I took the opportunity to take a needed three week holiday in KZN. I have lot’s to tell about this in the coming months; hot weather, fishing, travel, sightseeing, more fishing.
Other things undertaken during this trip included a number of discussions with other fishermen, over braaivleis and beer about some possible work ideas related to fishing
My Future Career
When I started writing this blog, one of my first posts mentioned I had my sights set on a change in direction. I am now well into my fourties, and the time has come to decide how I want to spend the next 20 years of my working life.
I don’t see myself continuing much longer in the sub-contracting game. I take a too hands-on approach to sit back and become a desk-jockey, and would find that terribly boring. So I have had to do some very careful thinking about what I want to do, what I can do, and what opportunities exist.
With this in mind, after Jen returned to her office job, I spent more time travelling, ending up in Gauteng for nearly 2 weeks, discussing an idea I had come up with – (Jen jokingly suggested I take this path), with another keen fisherman…
Read my next few articles to see why I want to change, and what I am thinking about doing…
Jen’s latest Desire – a Plot of Land
Standing on Jen’s Desire, a corner plot for sale in Cape St Francis, looking towards the bay. The plot is less than 10 minutes walk to the beach, and on the side of the hill. The hill gives protection from the raging South Westerly winds that storm through the area on what seems like a daily basis. Ah Jen, if only we didn’t have to work!