I am currently in my senior year of high school.
It took me awhile to figure out what I want to do after graduation.
College didn’t seem like the right path for me, but I didn’t want to settle for a minimum wage job. I like to work with my hands and had considered becoming an auto mechanic. I ended up taking an HVAC dual-credit course through my high school simply because it fit into my schedule. I figured the HVAC course would fulfill one of my required electives for graduation. I found out that if I then enrolled in the HVAC trade school afterward, I would already have credits that would count towards certification. The more I considered becoming an HVAC serviceman, the more I liked the idea. As an HVAC contractor, I would never be out of a job. People are always going to need someone to install, replace, fix and service their heating and cooling systems. I will have the ability to take a job anywhere across the country. I might even want to someday start my own HVAC service company. After high school graduation, I will still have classes to take every afternoon. However, I’ll also work with an HVAC serviceman as an apprentice. I’ll learn the ins and outs of the trade while getting paid for the job. The certification courses are not overly expenses, so I’ll avoid huge student loans. I’ll enter the workforce much sooner than if I were to go after a college degree.