When your well educated child decides to be a bricklayer Bricklaying pays.
My son has quit university in his third year of study to become a teacher and taken on an apprenticeship in bricklaying.
He has been in work as a lifesaver since he started university, earning a pretty good hourly rate that allowed him plenty of study and leisure time.
He is also a keen sportsman, playing Lacrosse for his state since he was 16, he is physically strong and smart as well.
His primary and secondary education has been at our best schools and very expensive, but he paid for half the cost by becoming a chorister in one of the larger churches although he is and has always been a non-believer.
He fitted in well and sang 5 times a week for his part scholarship so it's not as if he had it all handed to him on a plate.
Keith's beautiful brickwork.
A while back my boy met a lovely girl at the swimming pool where they both work and they have been together since. Her mother and father are very nice people who are both very productive in their working lives and we all socialise like one big family.
Her mom is a long term and highly skilled social worker, her father is a self employed bricklayer.
When my boy saw how much money his girlfriend's father was paying for day labour, he asked if he could work with him if a vacancy arose.
An opportunity to do a few days work came up labouring for his girlfriends dad, they both love sport, and get on well together and both were happy with the outcome. As my son is used to being fit he enjoyed the exercise associated with this hard physical work and worked hard and fast apparently.
Now apprenticeships in brick laying are hard to come by, but my son always seems to find what he wants in life as he wants it.
While at his lifesaving job, he met someone and was offered a position as an apprentice to a top bricklayer.
A bricklayer's apprentice has a tough and dirty job for quite a long time during the apprenticeship, doing heavy lifting and being a bricklayer's labourer but at the end of the apprenticeship the money is 4 times what he would earn as a teacher.
He could also afford to work his own hours, choose his work to be profitable and always have a job that pays as well as most University professors can expect to earn.
If he chooses to open his own business like his girlfriends dad did he could make even more.
He loves kids, and as we have stacks of little ones in our family we have all had the opportunity to see him with children. He is kind, patient and adores the little ones and although his qualifications would allow him to teach high school, he believes he would be more effective teaching younger kids.
I guess his good nature will not go astray regardless of what he chooses, but I can't help but worry a little about his decision.
Male teachers are in demand in my state and pay is about to be lifted by $6,000 annually.
His math and English would seem to be wasted as well as the opportunity to branch out into other disciplines.
He reckons he can go back to university studies whenever he wants to, having been accredited with the work he has done so far.
I guess I have to do what I always have with my other older children. Let them choose their own path.
What do you think?