I chose HVAC work over college

Isn’t it ridiculous and unfair that we have to make the most important choices in our lives while still too young to know what we are doing? After I graduated high school I was presented with some big choices about my future, and I had neither the perspective nor the wisdom to know which one was right.

I listened to advice from my elders, but that didn’t help much.

Old people tell young people to do the things they wished they had done, and it’s not a basis for making your own life decisions. Instead of choosing college, I chose the HVAC program in the local trade school, because it felt like the smart decision at the time. Almost twenty years later I am here to confirm that it was the right choice, and I am very happy with my life as an HVAC tech. Several of my old classmates went to college, to varying degrees of success, but all of them came away with a pile of student loan debt. I did not, because the cost of the HVAC certification program at trade school was a fraction of the cost of college tuition. I was also able to secure a part time job with an HVAC contractor, which gave me valuable field experience and helped offset the cost of my schooling. When I got my HVAC certification, I had zero dollars in student loan debt! That got my HVAC career started on the right foot, and I was able to secure a full time cooling tech position almost immediately

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