And yes, I retracted that blog post which in retrospect was just reverse reverse reverse reverse psychology asking for money. Fugettaboutit.
Honestly I've been a bit of a screw up that lacked initiative since forever. If I was closer to my dad I think I would've been planning to go in the same career path as him and would've been working shortly after getting out of high school. But sadly that was not the case. My grades through high school were pretty poor, leading me to repeat a few classes simply because I didn't give a shit about them. When I graduated I did want to design cars, but that required me to go to a university all the way over in Ontario, which I didn't have the grades and initiative for. Instead I took an engineering course but lost interest when I realized it was architectural engineering and required walking around surveying and shit, was put on probation after the first semester and after the second semester I had to change programs if I wanted to stay at the college. After that I picked a Computer Information Technology course because I figured sure I like computers and everything is all computers now. I barely passed that course, then spent a year in an extremely expensive apartment shared with my sister, realizing that the basic CIT certificate was useless without continuing on to university, and I ended up working part-time at a London Drugs at a shift that require me to to wake up at 3am, scrape the inch of ice off my car, drive to work in -25c weather, go home at 9am, sleep for a few hours before having to wake up to drive my sister home because I literally can't say no, then do absolutely nothing then go to sleep when my sister goes to sleep then have to wake up at 3am again. I finally got out of that when my sister got a boyfriend who agreed to buy it my half of the lease, but by then I was carrying a heavy amount of debt and no way to pay it off. When I finally moved back into my parents place I decided I wanted to do a trade as I could be working immediately, and chose a machinist as that was closest to what I originally wanted to do. My memory is fuzzy as to why, but I had wanted to enter the Machinist Technician pre-apprenticeship program offered by Sait (consolidates the first two schooling years and a bunch of hours so I can work for a year and a half straight than jump to being a third year machibist) but I applied to late and and wait listed. I was actually pretty certain that I may not get in, but I did put a deposit on a on site residence. I was working overnights at Walmart, which did give me some savings and the ability to buy a 3DS for the first time, but I felt like absolute shit as I had a hard time sleeping when everyone was active and making noise in the house (and my dog kept on jumping in top of me whe. I try to sleep). I literally did not learn that I got in to Sait until a week before classes started, and my parents were on holidays so I had to set everything up and quit my Walmart job the day before I moved into residence, which itself was the day before classes started. I heavily relied on sleeping pills and coffee the first month or so until I adjusted to being asleep at night. During that course I realized that I really had to step up my game and actually act as an adult, and I pretty much succeeded. I wasn't the best, but I was in the top three of a handful of classes. Sadly, during the time I was in school the price of oil plummeted, and since Alberta industry is heavily reliant on oil by the time I got out all the jobs were gone. I don't know if anyone in my class had guaranteed employment. I spent several months trying to get work as a machinist, and when my paltry savings ran out yet again I ended up working at Walmart again. I worked there up until November because I was in contact with a company that was a "maybe, if we get a big enough contract" since October so I quit Walmart gambling on that and because I didn't want to work retail during the Christmas rush. I kept on trying with that company and several others. At the beginning of this week I got a most likely no" from that company while finding a company on the other side of the province that wanted to interview me - only to at the last minute have the October company email me back asking if I wanted to start the next day so far I've been working there two days, but I believe that yes as long as I keep my game up I can make a career out of this, and am already planning when I can move out, get a proper apartment, reach certain financial goals, and gain the dream of being able to buy a little Italian convertible (rebadged
Mazda) once I complete my apprenticeship and become a full fledged journeyman (maybe, have to see what may finances are by then and if I want to take on a loan or not). It's still just starting, but it is something.
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