Hey there, I'm 24 years old and last year I decided I HAD to make a choice for something to do with my life that I would stick to and focus on. I have had a really poor start due to various issues and have a lot of catching up to do. I chose HVAC because I needed to choose SOMETHING(not a good reason to choose a career I know).
I'm in my first refrigeration and heating classes this semester at Ivy Tech Community College (anyone have experience with this college and how well did it prepare you?). The more I am learning about this, the better it feels and the more interested I am becoming in it.
At the moment I have a hormonal issue which I am getting fixed, but until then I have horrible fatigue and recovery, and need at least 13 hours of sleep. This problem makes it really hard to have a job and go to school so I am only going to school at the moment.
Now to get to my question.. I know nobody in the field of HVAC and have nothing to draw sources or experience from. I came into this knowing absolutely nothing and am scared when school is all through that I will not have what it takes to jump on the job competently. My first question is if you were in my shoes, -- knowing what you know now -- what steps would you take to make the best of your situation? I would love to try to get experience just doing the mule work in an HVAC atmosphere, but I don't have the time in the day for that and school at the moment. If a job was out of the question, and you had a little time(2 hours) to spare each day, what would be the best way to apply it?
Again I'd love to know if anyone here graduated from Ivy Tech Community College and how well it prepared them. Most of the things on this forum confuses the **** out of me. I know the basics but 95% of the topics are like a foreign language.. that's what scares me.
Also, I'm sure some of you are bosses.. what do you expect when you hire some new guy with only a 2 year degree under their belt. What will you expect them to know and what job specifics will you give them?
And anyone here that got into the field only after getting an associates in HVAC? How much fear did you have in being able to meet the requirements, and was it harder than you anticipated or easier based on the boss' expectations upon your arrival?
Thanks to any advise.