Hello people of the islands, What the heck is wrong with my post lemons,limes and jobs? I thought it was maybe a little funny and perhaps something youall needed! Ive been reading some of your mail and its either you dont like or you do. I have learned thru life, its better to laugh than to cry. I have my reasons for contacting you, to see whats up in your world,,, but i beleave that one must always have a good , positive outlook in life, otherwise, your grumby! only two people wrote back (with good advice) and over 100 made a view! So if i may ask, you are real people right? I would never want to upset anyone, but life is life and one must go on. so what do you think about this post?
Your post comes accross sort of like a complaint - and I don't understand it. Perhaps some of those that read your post are people just like you and they don't know if we have lemons, limes or need plumbers. Or maybe some knew the answer but Adam had already responded so they didn't need to reaffirm his response?
Spend some more time on the board, do some searches for past discussions, ask more questions. You aren't going to learn the various things that are up in the USVI by asking just one question. 😉
I can affirm Islanders explanation- I read the post- but do not live on island yet- so I could not answer. I also read the response and thought that summed it up pretty well. I have had great responses from this board- i think if you keep with it- you will find this as well.
Wow, Billy! I had to go back and reread your lemon post, so now there are even more views. (okay, now I've got "The Lemon Song" by Led Zepplin running through my brain, thanks!)
I believe you will find people on this board to be very helpful and kind. We are not employment counselors, unfortunately. You must already know that plumbers are pretty important in the civilized world! There is a lot of construction in the Virgin Islands, so plumbers are needed. I will tell you the same thing I told David, the electrician. It is something you will have to look for on your own. Check the DLCA site I referenced in the electrical thread for licensing requirements! Good luck.
And, P.S. there are Florida lemons at the stores! 😉
I'am a plumbing contractor also. Just did a pre-move visit in April.
There is plenty of renovation work and some new construction on STX. From what I understand there is alot of developement building taking place in STT. There are many plumbing companies on both islands. I never saw anything in the want ads in the local papers.
Bottom line is; word of mouth and networking. As you should know, skilled labor is at a premium no matter where you are.
Regardless if you want to start a business or work for someone, I came away realizing there is plenty of work in the USVI.
One Love Ironman
QUOTE: "As you should know, skilled labor is at a premium no matter where you are.
Regardless if you want to start a business or work for someone, I came away realizing there is plenty of work in the USVI".
Are you sure that "skilled" labor is at a premium? Plenty of work? I live here (STX) and do not find this true. What am I missing?
You see we need your lemons lol. Lemons make you smile .....
While vacationing on STX I really wanted a nice cold lemonade so bad. But we could not get one.
perhaps he means skilled in construction...ie..physical labor.
I wasn't on island a day and I had already spoken to a plumber, two fellows in the renovation business and several people that told me there was always room for a state licensed, board certified master plumber. When I mention "skilled labor" I mean someone you don't have to show which end of a screwdriver to use.
I don't know what you do for a living but in the trades as in "white collar work" you must have credentials, I don't have to convince anyone of my abilities, because I have a license granted to me by the same agency which licenses doctors and lawyers. I might add I have a university degree to boot. Perhaps you just haven't spoken to the right people yet. All I can tell you is I wouldn't be moving to stx if I didn't believe there was work.
As an aside: were I live there is an average of 20 want ads in the paper for plumbers, countless others for all the skilled trades.
I was in business for 35 years, when I say skilled labor is at a premium, I know what I speak of.
construction is not only physical labor we also use our minds, we just don't wear a white shirt and a tie to work.
One Love ironman
I meant no disrespect...just trying to clear it up a little for yesterdaze...I understand what you are saying...much respect due to the men & women of construction...builders at the best..we can't live without ya!
Right on, Ironman!! Well said, Bro... We combine creativity, ingenuity, and the laws of physics to build people's dreams. Ever try working AutoCAD?
You don't need to get so defensive, I know what you are saying, but i was stating a fact...i DO NOT think it is as easy as you think to get employment as YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH down here.
Thank you ISLANDER, I did not mean to sound like a complaint, since this first question i asked, i have recieved many responses and good advise, very good advise. yours was good too, I hope that i can become part of the island community, and some day advise others or not,ha . thanks again and i hope i too can give youall something back. ok
Glad to hear that you are getting good advise, keep reading and researching and working on your plans to move to the VI. And yes, definately once you have made the move you will have experiences to share with others that can help them out.
Cool l! but you might not like my next question, im sure to start something.ha