Hey guys, I'm a new member. I'm 18 years old just out of highschool from Chicago and I want to be a painter. I just filled out an application at the Painters Union and the lady gave me a packet filled with contractors within the area and said I have to get a letter of intent to hire, then we move on to the next step. Now, before applying I was under the impression that apprentice classes start late fall/winter, because that's when they did for all the the other trades that I researched before finally deciding on painting. So I was looking forward to that since I'm just out of highschool and want a couple months to get things out of the way that I've wanted to do before heading into the workforce for the rest of my life (specifically a trip to Europe to visit family I've been saving up for). Now I'm under the impression as soon as I get a contractor to hire me I jump right in. So should I call as many as I can right away and forget about time off or wait a few months to call, or call right away and tell them when I'm willing to start working? Thanks for your help!