Quick Draw wrote:
I'm a high school drop out, do I qualify?
For ditch digging...
You're so wrong! Not saying you aint right. But you're so wrong!
Seriously though, I'm a big fan of participating in academic/trade societies. My biggest breaks have come through having been a part of something, and having an inside connection with someone.
Also, when I was in college. I know participating in MESA was really motivational for me. Some days it was just good to have people, even if strangers, who got what you were doing and trying to accomplish. And it's a good conversational toss in when sales pitching myself.
I'd say go for it.
The funny thing about my having droped out of high school, is that I ended up in basic training 9 days after I turned 17. By the time my friends were graduating. I was already a "combat" medic, E-3, triaging sick call in a troop medical clinic (doctors office for a brigade sized unit), and attending EMT classes. After having done an OJT tour through the hospital, physical exams, drawing blood in the lab to practice "sticking" people, then to the ER and cardiology.