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I have a son who currently has no clear direction in life.  He’s 18 years old, just about to graduate high school, has no interest in going on to higher education, and also realizes that our modern society values that overpriced piece of paper called a “university diploma” too much to completely ignore some kind of specialization & training after high school.

Let me be clear here.  It’s not that my son is unintelligent or unmotivated (of course every father will say that); it’s more like he really honestly doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life and he realizes that assuming a truckload of debt to pursue a degree that doesn’t interest him is a waste of time, energy, and money.  Truly, for an 18 year old hormone-driven kid, he’s got a good head on his shoulders.  He and I have talked about it at length.

I’ve brought up the possibility of going into one of the trades and taking a trade apprenticeship.  Rejected… he’s good with his hands and likes the challenges of that kind of puzzle but he has never been into rough-and-tumble work–he’s always gravitated towards more delicate work.

OK, no heavy lifting…  How about something like a computer tech?  There are loads of specialty systems out there that require more than your average computer knowledge and therefore pay more than the $5 / hour Geek Squad offers.  Right?  Nope…doesn’t want to sit and stare at a screen all day.  I can’t say I blame him.

We went ’round and ’round in circles until he finally suggested getting a CNA certification–that’s Certified Nursing Assistant.  It requires some education and training beyond high school, it’s not a heavy-lifting job in the sense that construction would be, he would be interacting with people and not only sitting in front of a computer all day, the salary would be much better than entry level…sounds like a great fit!  We started looking into it a bit more, he has become very excited about it, and I actually found some great information about CNA training Harrisburg PA on the CNA Free Training website.

We haven’t (specifically, he hasn’t) signed up for courses yet but I think he’s close to making that decision and committing to CNA training.  Of course, whatever he does, his mom and I will be supportive.  We’ll see how this shakes out!

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