I attended a job fair today and it has me thinking about what kind of work I’d like to do day in and day out. I’m starting college in the spring semester but only taking half the full course load. I’m living at home, too. It’s not the college experience I thought I’d have even a few years ago, but I need to spread out my education over a longer time span to avoid getting buried under student loans. If I can work at something that pays more than flipping burgers or stocking shelves, I can pay for more of my tuition out of pocket. I went to the job fair to see what might work for the schedule I’ll have starting in the spring and pay enough to make it worth all the effort. One booth that piqued my interest was manned by a local HVAC company that has an apprentice program. I like the idea of learning on the job and the ability to acquire an actual skilled trade like HVAC. Sure beats working retail. Basically, I’d be assisting a licensed, certified HVAC technician installing and servicing heating, ventilation and air conditioning units in residential and commercial buildings. I wouldn’t do anything on my own until I got my certification, which the HVAC apprentice program will help me do. This company specializes in green technology like air purification systems and eco-friendly climate control for businesses. I’m going to go in for an interview for the HVAC apprenticeship next week. If I’m going to need to take a prep course on heating, ventilation and cooling before I can start, I want to get on that before my first semester starts.