About.

Why we’re here.

The truth is, college isn’t for everyone – another truth is that opportunity abounds for those who decide not to attend university.

We’re here to provide you with information and resources for jobs that don’t require a 4-year degree.

I’ll go out on a limb and say that if you are reading this – you like puzzles, you like to know how
things work, as a kid you probably took things apart (and sometimes put them back together).

You can probably fix things and people probably ask for your help and you’ve probably thought… I want more than a job, I want a career but I’m not cut out for college and I do know a cubicle isn’t for me – so what do I do!

What If We Told You That Your Hobby Could Be A Career?

  • Do you like rock climbing, ever think of becoming an Ironworker?
  • Like fast cars, how about a Driving Instructor?
  • Creating things, how about a Welder or a Carpenter?
  • Love the ocean? How about Professional Fisherman!

The comparisons go on and on.

Make no mistake, an education is important but it’s the right education, it’s the education that’s right for you that’s most important. A four year degree may not be for you for many reasons, but trade school is a viable solution that could lead to a stable and comfortable income.

To borrow a line from the movie The Incredibles – “luck favors the prepared”, so get ready.

Our mission here at Blue Collar Brain is to help you find what works for you and to expose you to some careers that you may not have otherwise considered. Our ultimate goal is that you find success in whatever career path you choose.

Who Are We?

Well, let’s just say we are a couple that has been pretty successful without college. Below you can learn about Jill, the co-founder – but her partner in crime has to stay behind the scenes just a bit longer due to his employment! But we will share his details here soon, puppy promise.

Jill Caren

Jill is what was called a “job-hopper” back in the day before it was acceptable. After learning her parents would not help her attend college, she was lost and confused. She took a job at WaWa – and spend the next several years moving up the ladder to a store manager.

Upon leaving there for personal reasons, she did various dead-end jobs including marketing for a security company and an admin at a tire company. Then she landed a job as a contractor for BMW of North America as an assistant event planner. This led her to a career in marketing for the next several years.

Once her daughter was born, she left corporate and opened a photography studio. In her last career move – she decided to get into web design and SEO, which she continues to do!

The moral of Jill’s story – you may change paths a few times before you find what you love – and that is OK.

That is what prompted us to start Blue Collar Brain! To help others who may be a little lost find some opportunities and inspiration through interviews, stories, career guides, and more.

We cannot share our stories just yet – but very soon! But for now, just know that we care – and want to help you find your passion in the skilled trades.