4th Year Apprentice, Insulators Local #2
With an 11-year career in the restaurant industry, starting as a server and rising to manager, Ulysses had tired of the long and odd hours as well as compensation and benefits that didn’t match the 70 to 90-hour work weeks that were common.
“It was time for me to find a sustainable career where I could earn the kind of money and benefits that would allow me to provide a far better than average life for my wife and kids, and to spend far more time with them,” he said. “I wasn’t all that familiar with the construction trades, and there have been some good surprises as I’ve gone through my apprenticeship.”
Among those, Ulysses says, are the amount of teaching and learning, and the commitment of the people he works with.
“There’s a great togetherness and it feels good to have people interested in your progress and who are passionate about their chosen career,” he said. “There’s no question that from my fellow classmates, to the instructors, to the union leaders, everyone wants me to be successful. This career is making a great life for me and my family.”