Originally Posted by Viktri
I think one often overlooked point is that people in trades often, at least after the apprenticeship, understand what they are getting into. They have a good sense of whether they will enjoy what they do and I think that translates to a more fulfilling lifestyle.
While things change over time (including enjoyment) it's not the same as a business student looking forward to a business type job. I think this applies to law as well.
With business, few undergrads understand the type of work they're getting into and usually overlook the unglamorous tasks in their decision making. When they come to understand the reality of their job, some individuals find that they don't like their job but need to stay there until they come across tasks/projects that allow them to demonstrate skills (for their resumes).
I raise it in this thread only because the OP is tossing out two totally disparate career paths and saying "which one offers me a better future" without any insight into what he is interested in or good at (other than some randomly generated words like "occupational dexterity"). So in that case, lets throw out a third totally unrelated career path an analyse it in those terms.
So, you want a better future...toss in the history degree, be a plumber, and retire in 40 years. You will be debt free, probably in better physical shape (manual labor keeps you fit), have spent more time with your family since you go home at 5 on the dot every day, and any time you have to come out after that, you get to charge triple time (try that in corporate life), and you will own like 14 houses, that you are perfectly able to maintain yourself (how many MBAs do you know that can rewire a whole house), and that you can sell at any time at a massive profit over what you paid 40 years before, and go on vacation with the wife. Problem solved.