In my three previous blogs, I’ve tried to provide some insights into the value and viability of a career in the automotive service industry. Together, we’ve explored opportunities and possibilities that, I hope, have piqued your interest in finding out more.
Like any career, you get back what you put in. It’s pretty much like any job in today’s technological society – the only constant is change. From what I’ve observed throughout my own career, the most successful among us have one thing in common: They embrace change for what it always has been and recognize it as an opportunity to grow.
Embracing change means keeping up with it, and you do that through lifelong learning. Some we do the hard way by trial and error, but the greatest reward is achieved through commitment and planning. That’s what this final installment in this blog series is about.
Learning what you need to know to find your path to a career in the automotive industry is as simple as a Google search. The first thing you’ll need is specific information on where you can obtain the training you’ll need.
Start by visiting the TechForce Foundation website at www.techforcefoundation.org. There, you’ll find information on support and scholarships, along with answers to common questions. Next, visit the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) at www.natef.org to find out about the various curriculum and accredited training programs near you. From schools to apprenticeship programs, it’s everything you need to get started.
I’ve been blessed to have a career that has allowed me to raise a family, travel and make a difference in the lives of some of the great people I’ve met along the way. There’s an old axiom that goes “find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s true!