On the 4th of March, I have an interview at another College for another course in Furniture Making. This is a government funded place, therefore a lot cheaper than my first choice. I decided I need a back up plan in case I can’t raise the funds necessary to go to the private place. It makes sense to investigate another college and make sure it is a suitable place for me, should plan A fail.
I have just realised that I have not really investigated the actual furniture makers and antique restorers’ world. I know what they do and where to get the training, and I love the idea of it all, but I haven’t asked any questions to anyone to make sure that this world is something I could happily live in. What I really need to do is to go meet some Furniture Makers and Antiques Restorers in order to have a sort of interview with me asking them questions about their job. Questions such as: “What do you love / hate about this job? What is the long term outlook of this sort of business?” pop into my head, and I need to ask them.
This career change is a huge thing for someone of my age, and I can’t very well dive into an expensive College course, rent out my home, sell my motorbike and quit my job to only realise 6 months later that I don’t actually like making furniture! My guess is that I will love it, but it is only a guess. I have yet to make something in wood and realise that yes, I do love doing this. I have yet to interview a furniture maker and realise that yes, this is the kind of lifestyle that I want for my future.
So if any of you people, friends, colleagues, know of a person who is in that sort of business, do let me know: I would like to meet them and ask them some questions. You might not know someone directly, but perhaps you know someone who knows someone? I would be very grateful if you would ask around for me.