Jesse W.’s Answer
The work is dirty, but it all washes off. You should use a hand lotion from time to time as the cement in mortar can damage skin.
Robotics are currently used in masonry for big projects. So, you may need to learn how to run them. Also, there are many forms of work using cement or similar materials. Concrete finishers, plasterers, drywall finishers, tilers, and the crafts associated with these are also in high demand and the skills are transferable. They pay very well. By your 4th year (journeyworker status) in the craft (and if you save your money), you should be able to afford to buy a new vehicle and a house.
Big projects may be in another city or country. So, you may be required to travel. Travel has positives and negatives. On the positives, you get higher paychecks, get room and board (food), and get to see new places. On the negatives, you are away from home, family, and friends, and may miss homecooking (you eat out a lot when traveling). Experienced travel workers know how to work the per diem (food and lodging pay) to additional advantage.
Finally, if you spend a semester or two in the pre-apprentice program, you will learn a lot of good skills, learn to make better career decisions, and even if you choose a different route, the skills and thinking go with you.
Jesse W. recommends the following next steps: