Well i just found this site today and wanted to post a question in
hopes someone may have a few suggestions and if not it's ok i'll figure
it out soon enough. My story is i enrolled at a school here in modesto
ca called Instititute Of Technology for Heating,air-conditioning, and
Refrigeration and it's been a great help in learning the functions of
all the componets but i just don't feel i've had enough hands on and
way too much bookwork. I now have my EPA card and my R410A card for
2010 already that way i won't have to go back to some special class for
that as well. I also got a water-cooling tower certificate as well. All
this is great and made me very happy at first to have all this but now
as of tommorow will be my last day and i'm done with the school it was
only a 9 month course. Like i said the school has been very educational
for me because i was as green as it got when i started and we covered
REFRIGERATION,HEATING,AND AIR-CONDITIONING. Now i'm really worried
about how to explain to an employer that i just spent 9 months in
school and am all certified but hardly any is hands on?! I was promised
from the school there would be plenty of hands on after i finished the
first half and some of the better teachers that actually have
experience have now left and i'm stuck with teachers that have no hands
on experience themselves?! I asked a teacher the other day could he
stand by me to watch for mistakes while i attempt to pump down the
system and do a vacuum and then hopefully recharge "I basically got
laughed at and told if he knew how to do it he would'nt be there
teaching?! I'm extremely discouraged and just wondering if anyone reads
this please could they just give me any guidance they can on how to
still land a job without the employer laughing me out if his office
cause i have all bookwork but no hands on and am scared to try it all
by myself on someone elses unit of course for fear of messing up
someone elses stuff which i don't have or would'nt have the money to
fix. Any suggestions would be very greatly appreciated please all i'm
looking for is a headstart in the right direction i payed a lot of
money for this school i'm 25yrs old now and this is the first time i've
actually took the initiative to actually do something and improve my
life for the better by going back to school and i just dont want to see
it go to waste ya know
P.S.If anyone reads this and knows of any companies in or around
modesto ca that are hiring and you think they would work with the book
knoledge i have and help me easily turn this into hands on i would
appreciate it. I've been running my resumes and have'nt had much luck
yet and the schools employment services is'nt any darn help at all. I'm
almost wishing i had went to any other school than INSTITUTE OF
Shoot for the bullseye. Go ask around and find the three companies with the
best names in your area. Start with them. They won't start you at top pay,
but the training will be priceless.
Walk in, and tell the truth. A lot of employers, (ME INCLUDED) prefer to
take young heads full of mush and mold them to their standards instead of
pulling someone in off the street with experience, but a bad attitude and
bad practices. Most of them know everything there is to know, and it's hard
to retrain them. Just look at the current hvac posters if you want to see a
bunch of idiots that are educated beyond their capacity.
NEVER EVER lie to your prospective employer, and don't belittle yourself.
If you don't know how to do something, say so, rather than mess it up. That
will get you into deep doo. You aren't an experienced workman yet, but you
have spent time, effort and money to do what you've done so far, and that
should show them that you are serious and will hang in there.
The following is advice, take it or leave it. Find a good company and stay
with them. Job hopping doesn't look good, and you'll end up working for a
series of smaller companies with less benefits, less retirement, and a boss
that could spend all the money in Vegas and you'd be out of work again.
Shop for a company with a 401k program, or start your own. Put in 10% of
what you make, and when you retire, you'll have the bucks to enjoy it.
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