Those steps look great!!! Time to get into stainless welding, I have a friend who was stainless certified stainless pipe, the rest of the chapter could be out of work but he had work and overtime.
Yes, having a bunch of certifications helps. Not to toot my horn too much but I have been welding for more than 30 years, Been certified in Carbon, Stainless, and Aluminum. I have been an AWS welding inspector for 20 years, and been teaching part time at the Community College level for another 18 years.
There is always work somewhere for a welder, and I have traveled occasionally to find work. Now that I am older I view the layoffs as more of a decompress time instead of a punishment. I tell all the young apprentices to save their money, and to plan on working 8 or 10 months a year. That way they wont be surprised when work slows down. Traveling for work sounds fun but living in hotels, or couch hopping to save some $$ isnt as glamours as it seems.