Markus Bogans used to spend his days selling foreclosed property for Wells Fargo, and before that, he handled Lending Tree mortgages.
But both companies had laid him off within a year. Eager to change careers, he traded in his suit and tie for a blow torch and welding hood.
The Charlotte man recently enrolled in welding school, WEC Welding Institute in Rock Hill, where he practiced welding last week crouched next to a six-inch carbon steel pipe.
There's no hope for the banking industry, and the housing market is pretty bad, said Bogans, 29. I wanted something I could stick with and take anywhere.
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