I'm seeking to get started in the HVAC trade this fall by taking some courses at my local community college. Two years ago, I graduated with a four-year degree and I struggled to find work for a year after graduation. After 85 applications and 5 interviews, I finally landed a job. That excitement quickly faded as I learned that between the boring monotony of working in an office with nothing to show for it except a measly paycheck, I struggled to find meaning in what I was doing. So I decided to go back to school and learn a trade.
HVAC seems like an exciting career choice because there are so many settings you can work in and each day looks different from the next. I love using my hands and my brain to work hard. I always find myself looking for an excuse to break out my toolbox around the house! I also want to do something where I feel like I'm a crucial part of my community, but not in the open about it.
I hope I can find answers here when needed and hopefully in time provide help too!
If anyone can help, I would like to know if I should start looking for a job as helper somewhere while I take classes to earn my certification. What kind of work/earnings should I expect? Demand is fairly strong in my area.