Defending The Trades


April 12, 2016

Take pride in what you aspire to be

In my last article I described a conversation I once had with an affluent suburban mother whose son was interested in an HVAC career. She knew nothing about the field and contacted me when I was a trade magazine editor who had written about trade opportunities.

To her credit, this mother kept an open mind and wanted to do what was best for her son. Many other moms from image of tradespeopleher social-economic cohort are more rigid. I’ve met numerous young people who were pressured by parents and/or peers to attend college, sometimes at great expense, when what they really wanted to do was pursue a career where they could work with their hands. That’s what they liked to do and were good at. Most of them were miserable sitting through classes that did not interest them, and their grades showed it.

If you’re one of those being told by family and/or friends that only college offers a path to a good job, here is some ammunition to fire back with:

I’ll have more to say about the latter in my next blog.