I am a HVAC student in the Atlanta metro area. I am going after a AAT degree in HVAC technology. I am 31 yrs. old. I go to school during the day so I have been trying to find an evening job to get me by while I am attending school. Sound easy? Not for me. I have a bad criminal background. 9 1/2 years in the slammer, split between two trips. I really screwed up my youth. I am trying to get my you know what together, but I am up against a brick wall. With no credible experience(I have 3 1/2yrs. building maint. but can't claim it because it was while I was in) and the criminal background I cannot get a job. I have applied to over 100 jobs 0 calls. I am talking about $7-$8hr jobs in factories, grocery stores etc.
My question is this. When I graduate and recieve my degree how hard is going to be for me to get a job in the industry? What can I do now to rectify my standing in the job market?.........Thanks ahead of time for any advice.