I’ve now been on the job for ten years, and I like it
My mom and dad were unhappy when I refused to go to college. It just wasn’t the right path for me. I never liked school, and I never managed good grades. I somehow managed to graduate high school, but there was no way I was going to spend four more years studying and taking classes. I was unsure what I wanted to do with my life. I was unwilling to work in retail. I started scanning the want ads, and ended up getting an interview with a small, local HVAC contractor. Since I knew nothing about heating or cooling equipment, I didn’t hold out much hope for getting hired. I was honest with the boss and explained my lack of education and training. I promised to work whatever hours were available and do whatever needed to be done. I got hired on to answer phones, handle scheduling and invoices, sometimes drive the truck and haul tools. I often worked with senior technicians and I paid attention. I started to learn the basics. I knew how to properly size a heating and cooling system, complete regular maintenance and even perform most of the repairs. The boss recommended that I get HVAC certified. I started taking night classes and eventually earned my NATE and ACCA certifications. I was then able to work as a regular HVAC technician and make more money. I’ve now been on the job for ten years, and I like it. I’m also good at it. Although I didn’t follow the path my parents wanted for me, things have turned out just fine.