Hey guys.Thanks for the helpful words of encouragement and advice.I'm sorry if my last post was offensive in any way to you all.I'm just very frustrated right now.
I want to explain how I chose to study HVAC in school when there were other(probably)easier career fields that I may have chosen.What about computers?Well,my math skills suck, and most computer degrees require advanced math skills.Or there was medical assisting.I tried that,back in the '80s, and dropped out of school when I learned that I would only be making about $8.00 per hour after I graduated(it took me 10 years to pay back about $3,000.00,working crap jobs and just accepting my fate as a woman).I landed a fairly good job in June of 1999 at a factory that processed raw circuit boards-we put all the parts on them-and I worked my way up to quality control at $10.60 per hour,the most I had ever made on an hourly basis.I enjoyed the work.But in June of 2001 the plant closed(outsourcing).For the next 3 years I was unemployed a good deal of the time.Even part- time work was hard to come by.
A year ago in October,I started a PT job with a company that does homemaking services for the elderly/disabled.It is only 10-15 hours per week at $8.00.Last year,when I had just started that job,my best friend urged me to bite-the- bullet(financially)and just go back to school.What choice did I have?I couldn't see one.So I decided to go back into debt to get schooling.My grades from high school weren't good enough to even ATTEMPT trying for a 4-year college.So I looked into community college.I didn't want to have to take a lot of general education classes(or PAY for them)so I decided that a trade school was best.I STILL had to take gen ed classes,but they were actually quite helpful.One of them was called "Success Strategies" and I found it to be very useful.
So now I owe $12,000.00 in student loans.What am I suppose to do to repay that-work at McDonalds?!Work at some other crappy job that will pay me $7 or $8 per hour because I'm a woman?!Yeah,right.I'm already 50 years old,and paying back this money will probably take the rest of my life no matter WHAT job I do.But HVAC will eventually pay better and better wages as I gain experience-how many dead-end crap jobs do that?!!
You see,gentlemen,I don't have a choice.I either do the job that I went to school for,or live out the rest of my life over my head in debt and trying to survive on $8 per hour...competeing with cheap foreign(mostly Mexican)labor for those crap jobs.