I had two different paths I could have taken after graduating from high school.
At the time it felt like the biggest decision of my life… and twenty years later, I have to say that it really was the biggest decision of my life! Some things feel important when you are young, but when you get some age and experience you realize how silly it was.
My choice of whether or not to go to college, or go to trade school and start working immediately, still has consequences to this very day. I chose HVAC work over going to the university, and even twenty years later I’m glad I made the right choice! All of my friends who went to college came back with crushing student loan debt, something I avoided entirely with my HVAC training. Some of these people got great jobs, and college paid off for them, but more often than not they got menial jobs and spent years trying to pay down those loans. HVAC training, including the night classes I took to prepare for the certification process, only costs a small fraction of what college tuition will cost. I was able to become an apprentice for a local HVAC contractor, so I got field experience while I was still in training. I was able to hit the ground running and start my career free of debt. It only took me five years to save up enough money to start a little HVAC repair company of my own. None of this would have been possible if I went to college.