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Old 03-16-2004, 12:50 AM
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Guys, I need some career advice.

Like the subject says, I'm in need of some advice, so I'm turning to ya'll.
I'm 24, living in Southern Arkansas and I've been workign as a computer technician for 6 years. I've spent most of last year up to the present unemployed becasue of the complet and utter lack of IT jobs here. I'm also pretty burned out on the whole industry, so I'm wanting a career change.

I've been building and wrenching on cars since I was a kid and I definitely have a passion for it. I'd love to pursue that as a career. I have no problem starting at the bottom and working my way up, but none of the shops around here will hire me, seeing as how I have no professional experience as a mechanic.

I see the UTI and WyoTech commercials on TV and that seems like it would be the way to go, but to my knowledge, there is nothing even remotely like that in this area. Just up and relocating to go to school isn't really economically feasible for me right now. So thats pretty much my dilemma, so I'm all ears to any advice you guys could give.
Thanks for listening.

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Old 03-16-2004, 01:00 AM
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east or west Ark? In south eastern oklahom in Olkmolgee (dunno if that is spelled right) there is an OSU branch that I think has something along those lines. A friend of mine was going to go there and learn all about deisel mechanics before he decided to join the airforce. I dunno if it is what you are looking for or not though.
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:07 AM
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Are you single? Do you have a degree?

Always room in one of the Military branches.

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Hello CommingApart, You are of no use to anyone if you come apart, so hang in there and keep it together. First of all let me welcome you to the finest and most informative site to be found on the entire internet.

Are you a vet? Vets have a great chance to gain an education in almost any field they may choose. If that be the case with you, check with a counselor in your area about a trade school or continuing adult education at a community college that may have auto mechanic courses and possibly paint and body. If you can get both of these and have a good GPA, you can pretty much write your own ticket. (after a littlie expierence of course).

Good luck, stick around and learn from this fine groupe of Gearheads and GreaseWhores.

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Have you considered correspondence courses? If relocation is not on option, that may be your best bet...and most of them offer courses in auto mechanics. Check it out....couldn't hurt.

Oh, and welcome to the board from one of the Greasewhores....

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I might look at some of the aftermarket performance companies if there are any in the area. They are more likely to hire someone and train you from the ground up. Just wrenching on every model and make can get to you. Sport compact market? That seems to be a very fast growing market.

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do what your heart tells you to do man, you only live once, and your work is 1/3 of your life, another 1/3 you spend sleeping! MAKE IT COUNT!

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Like the subject says, I'm in need of some advice, so I'm turning to ya'll.
I'm 24, living in Southern Arkansas and I've been workign as a computer technician for 6 years. I've spent most of last year up to the present unemployed becasue of the complet and utter lack of IT jobs here. I'm also pretty burned out on the whole industry, so I'm wanting a career change.

I've been building and wrenching on cars since I was a kid and I definitely have a passion for it. I'd love to pursue that as a career. I have no problem starting at the bottom and working my way up, but none of the shops around here will hire me, seeing as how I have no professional experience as a mechanic.

I see the UTI and WyoTech commercials on TV and that seems like it would be the way to go, but to my knowledge, there is nothing even remotely like that in this area. Just up and relocating to go to school isn't really economically feasible for me right now. So thats pretty much my dilemma, so I'm all ears to any advice you guys could give.
Thanks for listening.
If you think your interests would be in hands on look into vo-techs around your area. As far as wyo-tech, I'm not bashing but i know several who have gone. Some came out thinking they were the best of the best ,but for the most part eveyone I know or have talked to that has gone through one of their courses have told me that they felt it was way over priced for no more than they got out of it.
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Coupe,

You dug this one up from the grave. Comming Apart never replied since he posted in spring of 2004.

Dutch
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