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    Could really use some advice.

    The prospect of starting My HVAC training in the fall has been a great source of excitement for me recently. Its a career i could really see my self excelling at and enjoying. Recently, i have become discouraged when i started to look at employment opportunities in my area. 2 years is a long ways away and i know none of those jobs would be around anymore, but i was just curious what kind of requirements employers were looking for.

    Young and dumb i have gotten my self into some trouble. 2 DUI's a weed possession charge and underage possession of alcohol. After looking at employer job listing i have noticed about 90 % of them require a clean driving record and a background check. this seems to make my chances of getting a job in the HVAC field next to nil. this is disappointing as i was really excited about starting a path to an actual career.

    So i guess what i'am asking is, would it be as improbable as i see it to get a job in this field with my previous arrest record. I have been learning carpentry with my dad for the past 5 years. This may be the better route for me to pursue now that I've become more educated on what employers are looking for. i was hoping my basic knowledge of home repair would pair well with HVAC, but now i m thinking ill just have to stick with carpentry, or choose a different trade.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Don't pull any punches, just lay it on me. Thank you

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    If your record is 5+ years ago then you should be ok. The main reason for this is insurance providers and they usually only look back 3-5 years. You should be able to find a company/owner willing to give you a shot.
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    It will be hard. You are pretty much out of luck for 5 years as previously posted. So you have to pay for those bad decisions by making good ones for a few years. Keep your record clean and you'll get there. I will say that around here 3 DUIs and you are done for good. Good luck.

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    Dont sweat it too much, just grow up, I had a rocky start as well, although I have always been a solid technician (grew up in the trade) I have been fortunate that my employers have always thought enough of me, and my work, to keep me around, had to walk on eggshells for a while, (they hired me.a driver / apprentice during a license suspension) I grew up, and hopefully you will too, a night of fun is not worth the years of aggrivation. Like my boss says "if it costs more than its worth, its gotta go" I would consider doing some pony show things as well to show potential employers your dedicated and have actually changedas well

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    My driving record was jacked from some duis as well, I was able to get on by paying the difference on our insurance for the "high risk" (sr22 pretty much) untill they dropped off my record

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    You can get a job maybe not with any big corporate companies.but some small ma and pa type place where you will learn the basics for a couple years. Then seek out somewhere you really wanna be. Don't be to discouraged yet try first and see what happens.

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