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My brother is a mechanic with 10+ years experience but was laid off due to COVID. He's having a hard time even finding jobs to apply for and asked me for advice. I don't even know what someone can do without a degree. He has valuable hard skills but I just don't think there's a demand in NYC right now. Should I advise him to go to school? He'd have to fully finance his degree and I'm just not sure if it's worth it for him to start over at the bottom, or what industry he'd even fit in...

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That is crazy. Why would he want to do that when he’s clearly not into getting a desk job.

If he can’t find work as a mechanic, he’d be better off learning another trade. Construction is an essential service so he’d never be out of work.

Contrary to your clear prejudice against blue collar jobs, you can earn a six figure salary as an electrician or plumber if you run your own business and are good at it.

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I talked to a big landscaper and was told he’s running 6-8 jobs at one time. I’m trying to one stop shop but it’s been weeks and no estimate. He said he can’t keep up with demand and can’t find enough help to expand fast enough. Boom times.

I'd think best bet would be to leave the city. People still need car repairs!

Second best choice is trade school (community college or public institution, not a private one). Become a deisel mechanic, or welder, plumber, electrician, or truck driver. These are careers that pay well, typically take less time than a 4 year degree, and are likely to be things he would like (assuming he likes the mechanic work) compared to an office job.

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No, don't go to school right now. It'll take 4 years and this will be over soon. It's already almost over in NY.

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I have a friend who is a plumber-electrician and he has over $300k in savings, his own house and is making a killing because he is very good at what he does.

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Google has launched a certification program that will be providing 100,000 scholarships

In the following
Data
Project management
And Ux design

This programs don’t require any undergrad knowledge and will significantly help your brother

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That's not a bad idea. I don't know anything about UX. Any chance you know if you need to know a programming language for it?

Some gig jobs may be a good bridge before any commitments (DoorDash, Uber, lyft...)

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Knew someone who started his bachelor’s in his early 40s. It’s never too late. At the end of the day, it’s your brother’s decision. Get his thought on it. If he wants to do that, be his cheerleader.

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Can he work as a contractor? Perhaps other shops can call him as needed.

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He does a little bit of that right now for a shop he worked at a couple of years ago, but the pay is largely off the books and so piecemeal that it can't really be relied on, but it does supplement unemployment right now. I'll suggest he look to see if there's any contracting company that he could work through.

Construction, Task Rabbit, Virtual Assistant, sell stuff on eBay, Fiver, truck driver, government job, custodian, COVID tracer, security.

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HVAC repair is in hight demand now since most people are WFH and AC unit are put in more strain.

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My buddy who dropped out of college to do window tinting makes nearly 100k a year. Easy skill to learn and each job is a few hundred bucks. Could do a remote on call window tinting service where you drive to each persons house to do it. I’m sure ppl will want that nowadays.

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That's not a bad idea. He doesn't have window tinting experience but he used to paint cars, so I know he has the right amount of attention to detail, and he's a perfectionist when it comes to that, so those skills are probably useful for window tinting.

Could he freelance? Maybe connect with potential customers on nextdoor?

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He does a but of that now at an old employer to supplement his unemployment but to do a lot of the work you need a bay at a shop and expensive equipment. They don't have enough work to give him anything regularly and they don't have the space for him to freelance work there, but I'm going to tell him to look into whether there's any agencies that do short or long term automotive staffing or anything like that.

If he does want to go back to school I would suggest checking out local community colleges for business and finance online courses. This way even if he doesn’t get a degree he can have more knowledge of the business side of things if he wanted to open up his own shop one day, it’s a low cost option, and will keep him occupied and learning

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Try posting ads for services on craigslist or other apps? I saw someone on a local neighborhood community app post that he would do mobile car detailing and he got like 100 people asking for appointments.

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