I think the making cars thing may not be as exciting as you think. But Im merely speculating. Do you know anyone that works there? It may be an assembly-line style job, meaning instead of stress, youll have boredom, from doing the same freaking thing 547 times a day, every day.
I definetely agree with going to college, I also agree that a diploma is better than a GED.
There are a lot of good schools out there that arent horribly expensive. You could get a 2-year degree in a variety of areas at a community college, and tuition might be 2-4 grand a semester, and thats for an extreme full load.
One industry that is really big at the moment is health care, Im not sure what you could do with a 2-year degree, but I know many schools including my own, offer a 2-year health care program.
You might consider some sort of automotive tech courses. I know the school I go to offers classes that essentially get you ready to become ASE certified. Then you could go to a dealership, independent mechanic, heck even start your own shop if you really wanted too (large investment).
But like 1995BvSSE was saying, there is a such a huge emphasis on going to college that you almost cant get anything but a McJob without it. If you dont know what you want to do, you could get a Gen-Ed degree while youre figuring it out.
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