MSNBC did a special on school rip offs it is a several billion dollar industry, the catch is like Wolf said high interest loans that you never pay off. Some people featured in the show were not trade schooling but degrees in engineering at 100,000 to 200,000 a pop. so feel better Wolf 10 grand was indeed a rip off but at least it was not the size of a three bed house. 10 Grand is nothing over your life span let it go and move on. chalk it up as a lifetime experience that you learned from.
I did two four year non union apprenticeships, paid by my employers, sheet metal then HVAC. NEVER PAID A DIME EXEPT FER MY TIME. Like Ice said in a earlier post never say "but in school they taught".......... so if you must do school, apprenticeship union or not is the way to go. I used ABC. Aassociated Bbuilders and Ccontractors google and find your local chapter.
I tell everybody I meet stay away from this trade for most it is a waste.
If common sense is so common how come so few of us have it!
Ran into this post and can relate to this. Im new to the field still in school but what wolf posted holds true in just about any market. Havent had many jobs cause always stayed awhile but it goes all the way. Companies seem to get cheaper and give less for hard work and to the consumer. Anyway you look at it though hard work pays off in the end and education and experience can never be taken away.
If you can't explain what you do, then you don't really understand it!