If you could go back in time....would you still go into HVAC?
I am in my late 20's and thinking of a big career switch.
I have been in the IT field my whole life, working for a big telecommunications company and currently for a government defense contractor.
Every old-timer tradesmen I have discussed this with tells me to stick with computers. The problem is everybody and their mother believes working with computers will make you a millionaire so the field is so over saturated...I am only making $12/hr
(I understand I am not going to become a millionaire in HVAC, but would like to make more than $12 after 5 years of experience)
I applied for an electricians union on the East coast, passed all their tests and made it to the interview process, where they basically told me because I had no background in any trades and because of the economy they could not take me on as an apprentice.
Fast forward to now I moved West and got an interview with the largest local HVAC company. They basically told me the same thing, since I had no experience they could not take me on...but they advised me to take HVAC at the local community college, which they say has an excellent program.
So I am enrolled for spring classes, and hope to get an interview at this same place again in two years (or whenever I finish) and tell them I followed their advice.
I'm just nervous if I am making the right decision...stay at an easy "white-collar" **** paying job, or go the trades route.
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Sorry for that novel I just wrote, just wanted to get it out there.