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    Confused I JUST GOT FIRED...HELP A YOUNGIN?

    So I just got fired an hour ago from a mom and pop shop that did new construction hvac and commercial service. I feel like a loser. I only worked there for 1 month and my refrigeration classes start in two weeks.... So basically i was working hard this whole month but yesterday the manager gave me and a coworker a long talk about working faster and more efficiently yada yada yada. I thought about it all night and woke up the next morning ready to rock and work my butt off. instead I got fired. This is what happened. so today, I freaking walk into the shop and see what we need. oh we need 1 inch straps. So i grab a sheet of 22g sheet metal put it on the machine and start adjusting the inches. welll i messed up. I went to far back and went past 0 inches and to 99 inches. now the thing is stuck. it doesn't wanna go down inches or up inches. i go inside and grab boss i says the machines is stuck. he comes out looks at it, says did YOU DO THIS?! I said yeah it was an accident. he said PACK YOUR SHIZ UP AND GET THE F OUT, YOUR FIRED! I was shocked. just like that. my confidence shot down to zero. I tried pleading but he just said you cant seem to grasp it leave my building. So basically guys, I know i did a stupid thing but it feels like there's no room at all for mistakes in this trade..maybe I should quit... I mean i busted my butt for a month and got fired over one mistake. I was doing everything demoing,running parts, cleaning up, helping service guys. I felt like a whole world of learning was opening up. then boom this guy shuts the door on me. sooo... I guess I'm asking is how do i learn and grow from this? I don't want to get another job just to get fired again.. thanks yall. BTW just in case yall wondering im 20 years old.

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    dont get down yourself i was in your shoes when i was your age wanting to learn a trade went threw alot of jobs building exper. everyone will make mistakes keep your eye on your goals it will come just like mine im now the maint. supervisor for the local school dist.

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    alright man thanks, Just gotta keep moving forward!

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    IF what you say is true just ignore it and find a real job.

    It sounds like you like the trade , thats what will catapult you into knowing more and making more unfortunately jobs today dont really revolve around what you do or know, its more who you do or know.

    Get out there and knock on doors buddy, if you love it, you will go even farther but remember, in this economy it seems like there are more backbiters than brothers working in this trade,,i miss the good old days.
    You sure are cocky for a starving pilgrim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Dude View Post
    IF what you say is true just ignore it and find a real job.

    It sounds like you like the trade , thats what will catapult you into knowing more and making more unfortunately jobs today dont really revolve around what you do or know, its more who you do or know.

    Get out there and knock on doors buddy, if you love it, you will go even farther but remember, in this economy it seems like there are more backbiters than brothers working in this trade,,i miss the good old days.
    Yeah tell me about it.. There was alot of backbiting going on at this company. So your telling me to knock on doors..I agree! But one question..what kind of doors? Im saying like should i look for big companies, small companies..residential, commercial..new construction..install...refrigeration... So yeah what do you reccommend? quite honestly after this experience I dont want to deal with a mom and pop, feels like low job secuirty with them...Which avenue would be best for learning? at this moment money is not a concern.

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    Try all of the companies in your area that deal in the HVAC and Refrigeration installation and service business. Someone will give you a break, if you just keep bugging them for a job. Just be tenacious and it will happen
    One way to outthink people is to make them think you think. They'll think you're not really thinking what you're trying to get them to think you think...........

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    There's always market work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crackertech View Post
    There's always market work.
    market work for a helper with 1 month experience? If so, how do I find a market company that will train me.thanks.

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    Call source if they are in your area but dont expect to ever be home again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambition View Post
    market work for a helper with 1 month experience? If so, how do I find a market company that will train me.thanks.
    You sure are cocky for a starving pilgrim.

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    Write the Boss a letter and tell him how much you enjoyed working there and that you appreciate the opportunity. Then tell him how much you have learned from the shop and if they need a reference you will be glad to tell them your name. You will be surprised how you will succeed.
    My name is TooCoolforschool and I am a chronic over charger.

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    that sucks, it sounds like he had his mind made up about firing someone and you made it easy. tocoolforschool has a good point. a letter might help you if need a reference later on. he may get over it sooner. as for the situation at hand now, brush it off. don't let it hold you back. feeling down will not help in a job interview. there are many shops willing to train but you may start even lower on the ladder.

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    Ambition,
    Get into refrigeration and stay there. It's year round work and something different everyday. I am a small 2 man shop including me, and I am constantly looking for young guys like you who want to learn and have a little schooling under their belt. Just have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Show up on time, always. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toocoolforschool View Post
    Write the Boss a letter and tell him how much you enjoyed working there and that you appreciate the opportunity. Then tell him how much you have learned from the shop and if they need a reference you will be glad to tell them your name. You will be surprised how you will succeed.
    I just sent a text like that to my manager after reading your post, made me feel like the bigger man.

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