So, Opponauts, I have a quandary. I found out yesterday that my financial aid has been delayed and I won't be able to go to school this semester. This sucks. If you've read some of my prior posts, you'll know that I don't really have the money to pay for classes or books. Have a beautiful German muscle car, and my question lies after the jump.

So, it has come to pass that my wife and I are broke, and I won't be able to get in school, and things kind of suck financially right now. I don't really see progress in school since I've taken 6 hours in the past year. I have at least 3 years left — at the rate I was going — if I want to finish my Bachelor's degree. Even then, I won't have any real prospects for jobs until I finish a Master's.


Also, I'm 35 years old and have been going nowhere career-wise for about the past decade and a half. It's all been restaurants or call center bullshit without any real hope in sight. School is the only thing that'll get me out of this hole, but it's also something that is out of my budget at the moment due to some other financial decisions I've made.

So, what do we do?

Through a family connection I have an opportunity to get into the BMW Technician Certification program at the community college here. I would have to change my major but within two years I'd almost be guaranteed a full-time job with a reasonably-decent salary and pretty good working conditions. The program is sponsored by the Hendrick dealerships and they take on interns every spring.


Now, I enjoy wrenching on cars but as of now I can only do basic maintenance. I may be romanticizing the idea of working on cars because of some issues I have with my dad — He never taught me anything, really, and what I did learn I caught from watching while he cussed and fussed. I know what it's like to work in a small shop with drama and hotheaded managers and all other sorts of personal issues. I know what it's like to work long hours and have customers screaming about the shitty service. I'm OK with those things. I've calmed down and really just want a job where the stresses of work are commensurate with the pay. The only time I had that was when I was in a little print shop making printing pads.

There are some other advantages to this — I probably wouldn't have to cut my hair or remove my tattoos. I would have a pretty good idea of what I'd be working and who I'd be working for. Also, because of corporate sponsorship, the cost of the degree is lower and there are plenty of scholarships available.

This is something I've always wanted to do and never really looked at it as an opportunity because I felt that so many forces in my life were pushing me elsewhere.

Wow. I put all that down in 16 minutes.

Anyway, if you opponauts have any insight, let me know. I'd like to hear your opinions, and if any of you are currently working in the field, I would like to hear more about it.