My little brother has been in the unfortunate circumstance of finishing school and entering the world of work during this crazy time of a pandemic.
My brother graduated from high school a little over two years ago, and then he started the HVAC technology program in a technical school.
He was super pumped about learning everything there is to know about heating and cooling, and he was doing really well in school. Then, the mess we call 2020 happened. His hands-on learning became virtual learning. Watching someone repair an a/c unit from your little laptop is just not the same as getting in there and feeling and seeing the guts of the air conditioner, but he had to make the best of it. The school did the best they could, the HVAC instructors did the best they could, and my brother and the rest of the HVAC students did the best they could. Eventually, the school decided to bring back smaller classes wearing masks because it got closer to people graduating and having to take the HVAC certification test from the state in order to get licensed. The school was just afraid it would be too hard to pass the test without having the hands-on a/c experience. Well, I felt so bad for my brother; he really began to struggle with his grades and his knowledge of HVAC repair. He was ecstatic to get back in the classroom, which is in itself kind of a miracle. He wasn’t exactly the most diligent student in high school. Anyway, it took him two tries, but he finally passed the HVAC repair certification test, and I was so proud of him. He called me today and just told me that a general contractor has now hired him to be his go-to heating and cooling guy!