I always thought the electrical trade was a construction trade - where you're always 'unemployed' the moment you finish a job. You get to wait for the next customer to call. Sparkys often hop back and forth between contractors, following the work- which is where the union hall comes in.
This idea of spending a career with one employer, predictable paychecks, full 'benefits,' and special retirement privileges
is a type of work most tradesmen can't even imagine.
Starting at the bottom? Heck, when I was raised, the "government" is who hired you if no one else would. Government work hasn't been the employer of last resort for decades now.
Take advantage of this opportunity to see how the world looks to everyone else.